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Research Professor
5010 Davis Library

Curriculum Vitae


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

Research Interests

Richard Talbert’s research focuses on Greek and Roman consciousness of space and time, and on mapping. He oversees the Ancient World Mapping Center ( A major revision of his Atlas of Classical History – now with Lindsay Holman and Benet Salway as co-editors – is due for publication by Routledge in December 2022. Early in 2023 Oxford University Press will publish a collection by him World and Hour in Roman Minds: Exploratory Essays. He is co-organizing the virtual exhibition Late Ottoman Turkey in Princeton’s Forgotten Maps, 1883-1923 sponsored by Princeton University Library (December 2022).

Some Notable Publications

  • Pliny the Elder’s World: Natural History, Books 2-6 (translated with Brian Turner, Cambridge University Press, 2022)
  • Challenges of Mapping the Classical World (Routledge 2019, paperback 2020)
  • Roman Portable Sundials: The Empire in Your Hand (Oxford University Press 2017, paperback 2020)
  • Mercury’s Wings: Exploring Modes of Communication in the Ancient World (co-edited with F. S. Naiden, Oxford University Press, 2017)
  • Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World and Map-by-Map Directory (Princeton University Press, 2000; App for iPad 2013)
  • Rome’s World: The Peutinger Map Reconsidered (Cambridge University Press, 2010, paperback 2014)