Cartography in Antiquity and the Middle Ages

Fresh Perspectives, New Methods


Editor: Richard Talbert
In scope, this book matches The History of Cartography, vol. 1 (1987) edited by Brian Harley and David Woodward. Now, twenty years after the appearance of that seminal work, classicists and medievalists from Europe and North America highlight, distill and reflect on the remarkably productive progress made since in many different areas of the study of maps. The interaction between experts on antiquity and on the Middle Ages evident in the thirteen contributions offers a guide to the future and illustrates close relationships in the evolving practice of cartography over the first millennium and a half of the Christian era. Contributors are Emily Albu, Raymond Clemens, Lucy Donkin, Evelyn Edson, Tom Elliott, Patrick Gauthier Dalché, Benjamin Kedar, Maja Kominko, Natalia Lozovsky, Yossef Rapoport, Emilie Savage-Smith, Camille Serchuk, Richard Talbert, and Jennifer Trimble.
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Biographical Note

Richard J.A. Talbert, Ph.D. (1972) in Classics, University of Cambridge, is Kenan Professor of History and Classics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His many-sided engagement with the Roman Empire embraces administration, mapping, travel, and worldview. Richard W. Unger, Ph. D.(1971) in Economic History, Yale University, is Professor at the University of British Columbia. He has published extensively on the history of shipping and beer production and consumption in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Review Quote

'a vade mecum for the periods under review. Highly recommended. Graduate students, faculty.' G.J. Martin, Choice, 47,1, September 2009. 'Ce très intéressant volume, écho du 35e Atelier médiéval qui réunit à Vancouver, en octobre 2005, une quinzaine de spécialistes, est dédié à la mémoire des pionniers que furent, pour l’histoire de la cartographie, John Brian Harley et David Woodward, disparus respectivement en 1991 et en 2004. [...] Une abondante bibliographie, un index, quatorze planches en couleurs (sans compter les nombreuses illustrations à l’intérieur de l’ouvrage) font de ce recueil d’articles un instrument de travail indispensable pour les médiévistes intéressés par l’histoire des mentalités et un excellent complément au volume I de l’History of Cartography qui date de 1987, une époque où la numérisation n’avait pas encore révélé toutes ses possibilités.' Germaine Aujac (Université de Toulouse) in: Anabases 12 (2010), p. 263-265.

Table of contents

List of Contributors List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction Richard Talbert and Richard W. Unger Greek and Roman Mapping: Twenty-First Century Perspectives Richard Talbert L’Heritage antique de la Cartographie Medievale: les Problemes et les Acquis Patrick Gautier Dalche Process and Transformation on the Severan Marble Plan of Rome Jennifer Trimble Contructing a Digital Edition for the Peutingen Map Tom Elliott Rethinking the Peutinger Map Emily Albu The Book of Curiosities and a Unique Map of the World Yossef Rapoport and Emilie Savage-Smith New Perspectives on Paradise- The Levels of Reality in Byzantine and Latin Medieval Maps Maja Komink Raski’s Map of the Land of Canaan, ca. 1100, and Its Cartographic Background Benjamin Z. Kedar Maps and Panegyrics: Roman Geo-Ethnographical Rhetoric in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages Natalia Lozovsky ”Usque ad Ultimum Terrae”: Mapping the Ends of the Earth in Two Medieval Floor Mosaics Lucy E.G. Donkin Maps in Context: Isidore, Orosius, and the Medieval Image of the World Evelyn Edson Medieval Maps in Renaissance Context: Gregorio Dati and the Teaching of Geography in Fifteenth-Century Florence Raymond Edson Cartes et Chroniques: Mapping and History in Late Medieval France Camille Serchuk Bibliography Index Colour Plates


All those interested in the history of maps and map making as well as in the intellectual history of classical antiquity and the Middle Ages.