Richard J. A. Talbert

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William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor

516 Hamilton Hall
CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
919.962.3942 (phone)

MA, PhD Cambridge University, 1972
LittD Cambridge University, 2003
Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute, 2005

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

At present Richard Talbert’s research focuses primarily on Greek and Roman spatial perceptions (physical and cultural), and on mapping the classical world in both ancient and modern times.  He oversees the Ancient World Mapping Center, and has launched its new series Maps for Texts with maps of Ptolemy, Table of Important Cities, and Hierokles, Synekdemos.  With Brian Turner (Portland State University, OR), he is completing a translation of the geographical books (2-6) of Pliny the Elder’s Natural History.  He is preparing a study of the struggle to map Ottoman Turkey in the early 20th century centered on Richard Kiepert’s Karte von Kleinasien, and of the consequences through the World War I period.

Some Notable Publications

  • Roman Portable Sundials: The Empire in Your Hand (Oxford University Press, 2017)
  • Mercury’s Wings: Exploring Modes of Communication in the Ancient World (co-edited with F. S. Naiden, Oxford University Press, 2017)
  • Moses Finley in America: The Making of an Ancient Historian (American Journal of Philology special issue, vol. 135.2 [2014], co-edited with Fred Naiden)
  • Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome (Chicago University Press, 2012)

Graduate Students Advised by Richard Talbert

Note: Applicants should not name Richard Talbert as their prospective adviser.

Courses Offered (as schedules allow)

For current course listings, consult the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes.

  • HIST 106—Survey of Ancient History
  • HIST 226—History of Rome
  • HIST 425—Roman History, 154 B.C.–14 A.D.
  • HIST 427—The Early Roman Empire, 14 A.D.–193 A.D.
  • HIST 428—The Later Roman Empire, 193 A.D.–378 A.D.
  • HIST 752—History of Rome, 27 B.C.–180 A.D. (seminar)
  • HIST 910—Seminar


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