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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 the classical world. He oversees the Ancient World Mapping Center ( A major revision of his Routledge Atlas of Classical History is due to appear in 2022, as are two other books: World and Hour in Roman Minds, which brings together 19 of his essays (Oxford UP); and Pliny the Elder’s World, a translation of Natural History Books 2–6 made with Brian Turner (Cambridge UP). He is preparing an exhibition about the mapping of Turkey, with special focus on 1901–1922 and the Kieperts’ impact.

Some Notable Publications

  • 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)
  • Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome (Chicago University Press, 2012)
  • Rome’s World: The Peutinger Map Reconsidered (Cambridge University Press, 2010, paperback 2014)