William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor
516 Hamilton Hall
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 primarily on Greek and Roman spatial perceptions (physical and cultural), and on mapping the classical world. He oversees the Ancient World Mapping Center, and leads the initiatives in its Maps for Texts series. His new book Challenges of Mapping the Classical World – with special reference to the making of the Barrington Atlas – is forthcoming in fall 2018. Currently, with Brian Turner (Portland State University, Oregon), he is preparing a translation of Pliny the Elder’s geographical books (Natural History 2-6) to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Some Notable Publications

  • Challenges of Mapping the Classical World (Routledge, forthcoming Fall 2018)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

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  • HIST 226—History of Rome
  • 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