Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World with Hardcover Map-by-Map Directory edited by Richard A. Talbert (Princeton University Press) bound Atlas volume and Directory volumes.
Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World Hardcover Map-by-Map Directory edited by Richard A. Talbert (Princeton University Press) without full color atlas, just the indexes.
Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World with Map-by-Map Directory on CD-ROM edited by Richard A. Talbert (Princeton University Press) with full color atlas as book and Map-to-Map Directory of CD-ROM
No other map of the extended Ancient Mediterranean world comes even close to the geographical accuracy and vast scope of the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World. Earlier attempts were usually riddled with errors or lacked enough comprehensiveness to be useful to classicists and historians, archeologists and tourists. All told this is a enormous work. For once all the detailed knowledge about gathered about Roman and Greek has been has been put together in just one atlas. Even individual estates are placed on maps, when well attested and convenient. One can follow any number of trade routes or consider the possibilities for city and agriculture, land use, industry and mining are also possible to piece out.
The work requires a rather sophisticated knowledge of ancient place names and some idea of historical epochs.
The Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World Hardcover Map-by-Map Directory provides further insight into the sources of information, variant spellings of ancient names and modern place names in some obvious cases. As useful as this wonderful reference tool, it cannot be all things to all people. For instance if one knows a modern place name but not the ancient name there is no way to find this in the Directory though one can visually consult the maps. In the CD-ROM data search PDF formats do not allow data management, so finding information can be burdensome. In the Atlas the Map Key appears only on the first map. A foldout comprehensive map key would facilitate ease of use, as would a laminated map-key card. The color-coding makes ease of reading the altitude changes difficult because of the liberal use of brown over 1000 feet. Contour lines are useful but still lead to too much guesswork.
Still there is nothing like it and the sum achievement of the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World with Map-by-Map Directory on CD-ROM is that it will help standardize research efforts especially as classical research become more ecologically oriented.
In 99 full-color maps spread over 175 pages, the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World 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. The large format of the Atlas (13 x 19 ins) 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, Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World 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 of the Greek and Roman World 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 of the Greek and Roman World brings the ancient past back to life in an unforgettably vivid and inspiring way.
Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World Hardcover Map-by-Map Directory is the three-volume edition. For this reviewer the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World with Map-by-Map Directory on CD-ROM represents the easiest access to the over all data. A separate 1,500 page two-volume print edition of the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World Hardcover Map-by-Map Directory is also available separately (though it is so keyed to the maps as to be of limited use by itself). Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World Hardcover Map-by-Map 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 place-names, the modern country within which they are located, and brief references to relevant ancient testimony or modern studies, a bibliography of works cited. Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World Hardcover 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.
Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World with Map-by-Map Directory on 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. In terms of price and utility the Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World with Map-by-Map Directory on CD-ROM is the best purchase for ease of use and reasonable price.
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