Richard John Alexander Talbert (born April 26, 1947) is a
British-American contemporary ancient historian and classicist on the
faculty of the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he
is William Rand Kenan, Jr., Professor of Ancient History and Classics.
Talbert is a leading scholar of ancient geography and the idea of
space in the ancient
3 Selected publications
3.2 Edited volumes
3.4 Internet resources
5 External links
Talbert received his education at
The King's School, Canterbury
The King's School, Canterbury and
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he gained Double First Class
Classics (1968), followed by a PhD (1972).
Connected to his spatial research is a major project on the Tabula
Peutingeriana (Peutinger table), a copy of an ancient Roman map
preserved in a
Medieval version once owned by Konrad Peutinger.
He is the head of the advisory board of the Ancient World Mapping
Center, an interdisciplinary research unit based at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Talbert is also a senior editor of
the Pleiades Project, a joint digital humanities venture focused on
ancient world geography coordinated by The University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill and New York University. Cambridge granted him
a Litt. D. in 2003. He is also a Corresponding Member of the Deutsches
Archäologisches Institut. Talbert has been on the faculties of the
McMaster University in Ontario,
Canada. He was Herodotus Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study,
Princeton, New Jersey, (1978–79). His study The Senate of Imperial
Princeton University Press, 1984) won the American Philological
Association's Goodwin Award of Merit in 1985.
For 2000–01 Talbert was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American
Council of Learned Societies Senior Fellowship, and the inaugural
Robert F. and Margaret S. Goheen Fellowship at the National Humanities
Center in North Carolina. Talbert has served on the Council of the
Classical Association of Canada, and was President of the Association
of Ancient Historians (1999–2002). He was awarded the American
Philological Association's Medal for Distinguished Service in 1999. He
was Resident professor at the
American Academy in Rome
American Academy in Rome (1991), and
currently chairs the Advisory Council to its School of Classical
Studies. He taught at the
University of Alabama
University of Alabama in Huntsville as
Eminent Scholar in the Humanities (spring 1993), and has been Visiting
Princeton University (spring 1997). In
2011/12 he was the Archaeological Institute of America's Martha Sharp
Joukowsky Lecturer, and Directeur d'études invité at the Ecole
Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris. For Fall 2012 Talbert was named the
first Suzanne Deal Booth Scholar-in-Residence at the
Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Italy. Talbert
has directed a
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on the
early Roman empire (Chapel Hill, 1991), and co-directed (with Michael
Maas of Rice University) three National Endowment for the Humanities
Seminars at the
American Academy in Rome
American Academy in Rome (2000, 2006, and 2012.).
In 2017 Talbert and Maas directed an NEH summer program focused on
"Migration and Empire: The Roman Experience From Marcus Aurelius to
Significant among his scholarly work is the compilation of the
Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World, which won the 2000
Association of American Publishers Award for Best
Professional/Scholarly Multi-volume Reference Work in the Humanities.
He has also completed path breaking research on the Tabula
Medieval manuscript containing a copy of a likely
ancient Roman map. Talbert's work, including both print and digital
components, analyzes the map in an effort to situate it in terms of
Roman world view.
Talbert has trained many ancient historians during his tenure at the
University of North Carolina.
1971. Studies on Timoleon and the revival of Greek Sicily from 344 to
317 B.C. (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Cambridge. Faculty of
1974. Timoleon and the Revival of Greek Sicily (Cambridge).
1984. The Senate of Imperial Rome (
Princeton University Press).
ISBN 9780691102382. Reviews:
American Journal of Philology 108.3
1985. Atlas of Classical History (Routledge). ISBN 9780029331101.
Japanese-language edition 1996. Girishia rōma rekishi chizu
ギリシア。ローマ歴史地図 / Richiādo·J·A·Tarubāto
hen ; Nonaka Natsumi, Oda Kenji
yaku./リチァード·J·A·タルバート編 ; 野中夏実,
2010. Rome's World: The Peutinger Map Reconsidered (Cambridge).
ISBN 9780521764803; online content. Reviews: BMCR 2012.04.14;
TLS; Journal of Roman Archaeology 24.831; Elijah Meeks (2011).
[Festschrift]. Lee L. Brice and Daniëlle Slootjes. Edd. 2014. Aspects
of Ancient Institutions and Geography: Studies in Honor of Richard
J.A. Talbert. Leiden: E. J. Brill. ISBN 9789004283718. Reviews:
Ancient History Bulletin 2015
2017. Roman portable sundials: the empire in your hand. (Oxford).
Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World
Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (Princeton, 2000).
ISBN 9780691031699. Reviews: Journal of Roman Archaeology 14.454;
Athena Review 2.4; JRS 94 (2004): 183–90; additional reviews. 2013
2004. with Kai Brodersen. Space in the Roman World, its Perception and
Presentation (LIT, Munster). ISBN 9783825874193. Reviews: BMCR
2004. with M.T. Boatwright and D. Gargola. The Romans: From Village to
Empire (Oxford). ISBN 0195118758. Review: BMCR 2006.04.29. Czech
edition (2012). Dějiny římské rise: od nejranějších časů po
Konstantina Velikého ISBN 978-80-247-3168-1.
2005. trans. Plutarch on Sparta new ed. ISBN 9780140449433.
2006. with M.T. Boatwright and D. Gargola. A Brief History of the
Romans (Oxford). ISBN 9780195187151.
2008. with R.W. Unger Cartography in antiquity and the Middle Ages:
fresh perspectives, new methods (Brill). ISBN 9789004166639.
Reviews: BMCR 2009.06.07.
2010. with Kurt A. Raaflaub.Geography and Ethnography: Perceptions of
the World in Pre-Modern Societies (Wiley-Blackwell).
ISBN 9781405191463. Reviews: Journal of Roman Archaeology 25.763.
2011. with David S. Potter. Classical Courts and Courtiers (American
Journal of Philology vol. 132.1, special issue).
2012. with M.T. Boatwright, N. Lenski and D. Gargola The Romans: From
Village to Empire: A History of Rome from Earliest Times to the End of
the Western Empire 2nd expanded edition (Oxford).
2012. with Susan E. Alcock and John P. Bodel. Highways, Byways, and
Road Systems in the Pre-Modern World. (Wiley-Blackwell).
2012. Ancient Perspectives: Maps and Their Place in Mesopotamia,
Egypt, Greece, and Rome. (University of Chicago Press).
ISBN 9780226789378. Reviews: BMCR 2013.10.63; AJA 117.4 (2013)
2013. New introduction to re-print of William Smith. An atlas of
ancient geography, biblical and classical: maps of the ancient world.
London: I. B. Tauris. ISBN 9781848853522.
2013. Boatwright, M. T., D. J. Gargola, N. Lenski, and R. Talbert. A
Brief History of the Romans. Second Edition. Oxford University Press.
2014. F. S. Naiden and R. Talbert.
American Journal of Philology 135.2
(Whole number 538)
Special Issue: Moses Finley in America: The Making
of an Ancient Historian.
2017. with Fred Naiden. Mercury's Wings: Exploring Modes of
Communication in the Ancient World. Oxford University Press.
Forthcoming (2017). Travel in the Roman Mind (with Grant Parker).
Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-50470-6.
2011. ed. Routledge Wall Maps for the Ancient World (7 maps).
2012. "Maps" for Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics.
2010. Digital material accompanying Rome's World: The Peutinger Map
Reconsidered. Cambridge University Press.
^ a b Richard J. A. Talbert (16 August 2010). Rome's World: The
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^ a b "Rome's World: The Peutinger Map Reconsidered - Richard J. A.
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^ "Affiliates Ancient World Mapping Center". Awmc.unc.edu. Retrieved
^ Richard J. A. Talbert (1984). The Senate of Imperial Rome. Princeton
University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-10238-2.
Richard Talbert serves as inaugural Suzanne Deal Booth
Scholar-in-Residence at ICCS-Rome Ancient World Mapping Center".
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September 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
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