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Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World

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ISBN-13: 978-0691031699
ISBN-10: 069103169X
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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atlas is one of the greatest achievements in 20th-century Greek and Roman scholarshipDand it probably will never be superceded.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.)
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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
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (September 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069103169X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691031699
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.7 x 16.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Finally, after years in the making, this atlas is finished and I'm glad to have it.
This is a great work, all the detailed knowledge about location of cities, shrines, roads, etc, etc., etc., that has been gathered about Roman and Greek sites has been put together in just one atlas. Even individual estates are placed on maps, when convenient.
Seamlessly, from one map to another you can trace any route, find any name, and look into the neighboring area.
The map by map directory provides further insight into the sources of information, variant ancient names and modern place names (if any),
Obviously there's no such a thing as a telescope/microscope. You have to know what you are looking for, because details can sometimes shield the big picture. You need to know the original spelling of a name, or some variant. This book is invaluable when looking for names and places that are nowhere else printed in a map, at least a map that covers an area that places them in context.
Now, what else could be useful?
Basically, I would have liked three things:
- an 'inverse' gazetteer or 'name dictionary'. Look for modern place names and find ancient equivalents.
To look for a modern name is difficult. The book is not intended for this. You have to use the search engine in Acrobat, which means that you have to be using a computer. And scroll though the results. There is no straightforward way. So, a 'Modern Names Gazetteer' with ancient equivalents is something I'd like to have. Could a database fulfill this purpose? PDF formats do not allow data management, but the editor must have the data. Someone will provide this.
- a different altitude color-coded scale
As for the altitude color-coded tints, to my taste, there is at least a brown shade too many.
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There has never been an atlas of the ancient world to compare with this incredible piece of scholarship and mapmaking. At a cost of about five million dollars and over a decade in development, it contains highly detailed professional maps equivalent to the best atlases of our modern world. It goes beyond the Mediterranean world to include europe as far as Britain and the east as far India. The last atlas of this time period I purchased had a few dozen imprecise and limited small maps. There are 99 full-color large-scale maps in this volume. I haven't been this excited about a reference book for several years.
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I thought this was the maps themselves, but it was just a directory. My husband (for whom I got it) tells me that it will be useful if we ever do get our hands on the maps though.
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Princeton University Press will release a digitized version of this product in late November, 2013 for the Apple iPad, for $19.95. See the PUP website for details.
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I am fascinated with the Roman limes and intend to engage in study and on-site exploration of them in my golden years. The Barrington Atlas .satisfies my need for topographical and geographic detail as I study and plot out my expeditions. I expect to acquire also the e-book version for when I do travel, but this tremendous tome is indispensable for armchair travel and perfect for study and research. It is well worth the investment.
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I bought this Atlas and cross checked its geography with common known things in the geography of Switzerland. Its geography is a mixture of modern and ancient items. The maps resemble nigher the ancient geography nor the modern one. E.g.:
- The Sihl-lake is maped: But it is a modern dammed lake build in the 1930ies.
- The Wägitaler-lake is maped: But it is a moder dammed lake finished 1924.
- The course of the river Linth is the going to the Walensee, thus showing its path after the Linth river control (1807-23).
- The ~1550 with rubble of the Linth filled up lake of Tuggen is missing.
- The Aare is shown before the correction of the Jura waters (1868-78) but:
- The River Kander is shown in its modern path of 1714 after the correction of the Kander flowing into the lake of Thun.
- The Lac de la Gruyère is present while being dammed 1944-48.
- The path of the roman road over the Kunkels bypass is missing.
- The place CCAA (modern Cologne, Germany) is placed westwards of is real position.

This are things that show that the authors of this atlas never took any look into a swiss map or secondary-level schoolbook. This is for the area i can judge, so I do have to suppose the rest isn't better either.
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