Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World

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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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Overview

"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I doubt that it will ever be superseded.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
"[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
  • Sales rank: 751,207
  • 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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