Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World

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In 99 full-color maps spread over 175 pages, the Barrington Atlas recreates the entire world of the Greeks and Romans from the British Isles to the Indian subcontinent and deep into North Africa. It spans the territory of more than 75 modern countries. Its large format (13 x 19 ins or 33 x 48 cm) has been custom-designed by the leading cartographic supplier MapQuest.com, Inc., and is unrivalled for range, clarity and detail. Over 70 experts, aided by an equal number of consultants, have worked from ...
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Overview

In 99 full-color maps spread over 175 pages, the Barrington Atlas recreates the entire world of the Greeks and Romans from the British Isles to the Indian subcontinent and deep into North Africa. It spans the territory of more than 75 modern countries. Its large format (13 x 19 ins or 33 x 48 cm) has been custom-designed by the leading cartographic supplier MapQuest.com, Inc., and is unrivalled for range, clarity and detail. Over 70 experts, aided by an equal number of consultants, have worked from satellite-generated aeronautical charts to return the modern landscape to its ancient appearance, and to mark ancient names and features in accordance with the most up-to-date historical scholarship and archaeological discoveries. Chronologically, the Barrington Atlas spans archaic Greece to the Late Roman Empire, and no more than two standard scales (1:500,000 and 1:1,000,000) are used to represent most regions.

Since the 1870s, all attempts to map the classical world comprehensively have failed. This new initiative has finally achieved that elusive and challenging goal. It began in 1988 at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, under the direction of the distinguished ancient historian Richard Talbert, and has been developed with approximately $4 million in funding support.

The resulting Barrington Atlas is a reference work of permanent value. It has an exceptionally broad appeal to everyone worldwide with an interest in ancient Greeks and Romans, the lands they penetrated, and the peoples and cultures they encountered in Europe, North Africa and Western Asia. Scholars and libraries should all find it essential, although it is not just for them. It is also for students, travelers and lovers of fine cartography, as well as for anyone eager to retrace Alexander's eastward marches, to cross the Alps with Hannibal, to traverse the Eastern Mediterranean with St. Paul, or to ponder the roads, aqueducts and defense works of the Roman Empire. For the new millennium the Barrington Atlas brings the ancient past back to life in an unforgettably vivid and inspiring way.

Map-by-Map Directory

The Barrington Atlas includes a CD-ROM Map-by-Map Directory. A separate 1,500 page two-volume print edition of the Directory is also available at $150 / 95. The Directory is designed to provide information about every place or feature in the Barrington Atlas. The section for each map comprises:

  • a concise text drawing attention to special difficulties in mapping a region, such as extensive landscape change since antiquity, or uneven modern exploration.
  • a listing of every name and feature on the map, with basic data about the period of occupation, the modern equivalents of ancient placenames, the modern country within which they are located, and brief references to relevant ancient testimony or modern studies.
  • a bibliography of works cited.
The Map-by-Map Directory is an essential accompaniment to the Barrington Atlas. As a uniquely rich, comprehensive, up-to-date distillation of evidence and scholarship, it has no match elsewhere and opens the way to an immense variety of further research initiatives.

The CD-ROM will work on any MAC or PC that supports Adobe Acrobat Reader, version 4.0. The installation software for Acrobat Reader is included on the CD-ROM.

"Quite simply the most important and most complicated project to be undertaken in classical studies this generation." (NEH reviewer)

"This atlas provides us with a vital missing tool. It is a model of creative planning, and will be absolutely indispensable." (C. Nicolet (Sorbonne, Paris))

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Editorial Reviews

Times Higher Education Supplement
I doubt that it will ever be superseded. . . . [T]he clarity and sheer beauty of the maps in the Barrington Atlas, for which Princeton University Press and the printers in Palladio's Vicenza deserve the highest credit and praise, make the main volume a joy to handle. The fold-out of the entire ancient Mediterranean world, Map 1 'Mare Internum,' is to die for. . . . [T]his remarkable atlas . . . has made a major contribution to re-establishing cartography as one of the basic sub-disciplines within classical studies.
— Paul Cartledge
London Review of Books
[A] vast achievement. . . . Richard Talbert can be proud of his editorship: the collective effort, academic and technical, that has gone into the realisation of this gigantic project . . . almost defies the imagination. It is even more impressive in that his teams had to work virtually from scratch. Their chief goal was to fill a notorious gap, and they have done so with exemplary skill.
— Peter Green
New York Review of Books
The Barrington Atlas is a major contribution to scholarship, extensive in scale, reliable and up to date, and so laid out as to be really helpful to the user.
— Jasper Griffin
BBC History
[A] definitive work.
— Peter Jones
New York Times Book Review - D.J.R. Bruckner
[The Barrington Atlas] is the best geography of the ancient world ever achieved. With 99 maps on 175 pages, it reveals the world inhabited or reached by the Greeks and Romans from 1000 B.C. to A.D. 640 in thrilling detail, and a color code lets us track changes through 16 centuries. The collective learning poured into this project is almost intimidating to contemplate, and the fact that it could be completed testifies to extraordinary planning, dedication and courage. . . . [T]he cartography is luminous, the printing superb and the binding strong and supple. . . . [T]his magnificent book is likely to become a powerful engine of learning and discovery for many years.
Times Higher Education Supplement - Paul Cartledge
I doubt that it will ever be superseded. . . . [T]he clarity and sheer beauty of the maps in the Barrington Atlas, for which Princeton University Press and the printers in Palladio's Vicenza deserve the highest credit and praise, make the main volume a joy to handle. The fold-out of the entire ancient Mediterranean world, Map 1 'Mare Internum,' is to die for. . . . [T]his remarkable atlas . . . has made a major contribution to re-establishing cartography as one of the basic sub-disciplines within classical studies.
Los Angeles Times Book Review - Bernard Knox
This atlas is an indispensable tool for historians concerned with ancient times. But it is also a source of great pleasure for the amateur, the lover of literature.
London Review of Books - Peter Green
[A] vast achievement. . . . Richard Talbert can be proud of his editorship: the collective effort, academic and technical, that has gone into the realisation of this gigantic project . . . almost defies the imagination. It is even more impressive in that his teams had to work virtually from scratch. Their chief goal was to fill a notorious gap, and they have done so with exemplary skill.
New York Review of Books - Jasper Griffin
The Barrington Atlas is a major contribution to scholarship, extensive in scale, reliable and up to date, and so laid out as to be really helpful to the user.
New Scientist - Guy Halsall
[N]o decent academic or public library should be without this marvelous work. . . . [A] magnificent achievement.
BBC History - Peter Jones
[A] definitive work.
editor of the "Times Literary Supplement er Stothard

[A] wonderful guide to the wordless lessons of antiquity. Everyone who studies Greece and Rome owes [the makers of the Barrington Atlas] a personal debt.
From the Publisher
Winner of the 2000 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Multivolume Reference Work in the Humanities, Association of American Publishers

"[The Barrington Atlas] is the best geography of the ancient world ever achieved. . . . [I]t reveals the world inhabited or reached by the Greeks and Romans from 1000 B.C. to A.D. 640 in thrilling detail, and a color code lets us track changes through 16 centuries. The collective learning poured into this project is almost intimidating to contemplate, and the fact that it could be completed testifies to extraordinary planning, dedication and courage. . . . [T]he cartography is luminous, the printing superb and the binding strong and supple. . . . [T]his magnificent book is likely to become a powerful engine of learning and discovery for many years."—D.J.R. Bruckner, New York Times Book Review

"I doubt that it will ever be superseded. . . . [T]he clarity and sheer beauty of the maps in the Barrington Atlas, for which Princeton University Press and the printers in Palladio's Vicenza deserve the highest credit and praise, make the main volume a joy to handle. The fold-out of the entire ancient Mediterranean world, Map 1 'Mare Internum,' is to die for. . . . [T]his remarkable atlas . . . has made a major contribution to re-establishing cartography as one of the basic sub-disciplines within classical studies."—Paul Cartledge, Times Higher Education Supplement

"This atlas is an indispensable tool for historians concerned with ancient times. But it is also a source of great pleasure for the amateur, the lover of literature."—Bernard Knox, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Beautifully produced with an exquisite combination of scholarly precision and the highest level of cartographic art, this atlas is one of the greatest achievements in 20th-century Greek and Roman scholarship—and it probably will never be superseded."—Publishers Weekly

"[An] essential tool for anyone interested in classical antiquity. . . . It provides, for the first time in recent history, a single bound volume that maps the entire classical world. . . . . Superbly edited."—Library Journal ("Best Reference Sources, 2000")

"[A] wonderful guide to the wordless lessons of antiquity. Everyone who studies Greece and Rome owes [the makers of the Barrington Atlas] a personal debt."—Peter Stothard, editor of the Times Literary Supplement, naming the Barrington Atlas "My Book of the Decade" in the Globe and Mail (2009)

"[A] remarkable achievement. . . . This unique resource is the most comprehensive atlas published on ancient Greece and Rome."—Booklist

"[A] vast achievement. . . . Richard Talbert can be proud of his editorship: the collective effort, academic and technical, that has gone into the realisation of this gigantic project . . . almost defies the imagination. It is even more impressive in that his teams had to work virtually from scratch. Their chief goal was to fill a notorious gap, and they have done so with exemplary skill."—Peter Green, London Review of Books

"The Barrington Atlas is a major contribution to scholarship, extensive in scale, reliable and up to date, and so laid out as to be really helpful to the user."—Jasper Griffin, New York Review of Books
"[N]o decent academic or public library should be without this marvelous work. . . . [A] magnificent achievement."—Guy Halsall, New Scientist

"[A] definitive work."—Peter Jones, BBC History

"This atlas will be indispensable to scholars in classical studies. My only caution is that, at eight pounds, a sturdy coffee table is required for its use."—Judith A. Tyner, Geographical Review

Los Angeles Times Book Review
This atlas is an indispensable tool for historians concerned with ancient times. But it is also a source of great pleasure for the amateur, the lover of literature.
— Bernard Knox
New Scientist
[N]o decent academic or public library should be without this marvelous work. . . . [A] magnificent achievement.
— Guy Halsall
Booklist
[A] remarkable achievement. . . . This unique resource is the most comprehensive atlas published on ancient Greece and Rome.
New York Times Book Review
[The Barrington Atlas] is the best geography of the ancient world ever achieved. With 99 maps on 175 pages, it reveals the world inhabited or reached by the Greeks and Romans from 1000 B.C. to A.D. 640 in thrilling detail, and a color code lets us track changes through 16 centuries. The collective learning poured into this project is almost intimidating to contemplate, and the fact that it could be completed testifies to extraordinary planning, dedication and courage. . . . [T]he cartography is luminous, the printing superb and the binding strong and supple. . . . [T]his magnificent book is likely to become a powerful engine of learning and discovery for many years.
— D.J.R. Bruckner
Bernard Knox
The maps themselves are a delight to use....This atlas is an indispensable tool for historians concerned with ancient times. But it is also a source of great pleasure for the amateur, the lover of literature. Maps, as always, stimulate the imagination. In these luminous pages, you can follow Alexander's zigzag march from Macedon to India, fighting battles and founding Alexandrias--more than a dozen of them--on the way.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
Mark Rose
The Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World is the culmination of a project begun in the 1980s and overseen by Richard Talbert of the University of North Carolina. The volume consists of 99 full-color maps showing classical lands from Iberia to Bactria and from the end of the Bronze Age (1000 B.C.) to A.D. 640. An accompanying CD-ROM contains directories for each map (notes and sources for the placement of the sites), which can be read with Adobe Acrobat program and is PC and MAC compatible.
Archaeology
Jon Franklin
Scholars need accurate maps: Classical scholars, in attempting to understand vanished civilizations, need good maps that accurately reveal the locations of cities, towns, roads, mines, aqueducts and other archaeological sites. So when scholars early in the 20th century were still using a rare classical atlas published in 1874, experts on the Roman Empire thought it was high time to publish a newer one.
Raleigh News & Observer
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Beautifully produced with an exquisite combination of scholarly precision and the highest level of cartographic art, this atlas is one of the greatest achievements in 20th-century Greek and Roman scholarshipDand it probably will never be superceded. It contains 99 strikingly clear and precise color maps reflecting Greek or Roman presence in the ancient world and presenting the landscape, insofar as possible, as it was in those times. The maps provide locations for the sites of thousands of known cities as well as indicators of less securely attested areas of habitation from the ninth-century B.C. to the fifth century A.D. The accuracy of these maps has been made possible by developments in satellite-generated aeronautical charts and recent progress in computational power. The atlas's final production began in 1988; its completion involved over 160 scholars and cartographers (editor Talbert is a professor of history and classics at UNC-Chapel Hill). Readers can choose between a CD-ROM and a print version of the accompanying two-volume map-by-map directory that contains essential information about the sites and their topography. A gazetteer includes the names of and critical information about all the sites located in the maps, and the accompanying Adobe Acrobat Reader provides powerful search capabilities. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
The Times Literary Supplement
This is mapping on an epic scale, with a team of 70 historians and archaeologists contributing . . . over two decades . . .[Contributors] have added all the archaeological detail available—the lines of roads, the locations and names of settlements and towns, canals and aqueducts, mines and ports . . . showing what you might have seen as you rattled down the Appian Way in your state of the art chariot a couple of thousand years ago.
— Sean Coughlan
The New York Review of Books
The main point to make is that The Barrington Atlas is a major contribution to scholarship, extensive in scale, reliable and up to date, and so laid out as to be really helpful to the user.
— Jasper Griffin
NEH reviewer
Quite simply the most important and most complicated project to be undertaken in classical studies this generation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691049458
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2000
  • Edition description: Volumes I & II
  • Pages: 1500
  • Product dimensions: 8.73 (w) x 11.24 (h) x 3.02 (d)

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"Quite simply the most important and most complicated project to be undertaken in classical studies this generation."—NEH reviewer

"This atlas provides us with a vital missing tool. It is a model of creative planning, and will be absolutely indispensable."—C. Nicolet (Sorbonne, Paris)

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