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Research Professor
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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 (,and took the lead in bringing two of its recent projects to publication: a major revision of his Atlas of Classical History, co-edited with Lindsay Holman and Benet Salway (Routledge); and the online map Catholic and Donatist Bishoprics in North Africa around the Time of the Conference of Carthage, 411 CE. He is co-presenter of the current virtual exhibition Late Ottoman Turkey in Princeton’s Forgotten Maps, 1883-1923 sponsored by Princeton University Library (, and contributor to the forthcoming landmark Geographers of the Ancient Greek World edited by Graham Shipley (Cambridge UP, 2024).

Some Notable Publications

  • World and Hour in Roman Minds: Exploratory Essays (Oxford University Press, 2023)
  • 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)
  • Rome’s World: The Peutinger Map Reconsidered (Cambridge University Press, 2010, paperback 2014)
  • Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World and Map-by-Map Directory (Princeton University Press, 2000; App for iPad 2013)