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Research 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 its varied initiatives, including currently revision of his Atlas of Classical History, and work on the Great Marble Map of Rome in collaboration with Rome’s Sovrintendenza Capitolina and IUPUI. With Brian Turner (Portland State University, Oregon), he is now completing a translation of Pliny the Elder’s geographical books (Natural History 2-6) to be published by Cambridge University Press. He has a book on the mapping of Asia Minor (Turkey) during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in preparation.

Some Notable Publications

  • Challenges of Mapping the Classical World (Routledge, 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)

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