Mapping Turkey, 1914-1922: An Ironic Feat of Premodern Cartography

Dec 5, 2022, 12:00 pm1:20 pm
202 Jones Hall
Free and open to the public



Event Description

Richard Talbert is now Research Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, after a long career of learning ancient history at Cambridge (PhD 1972), and then teaching it in Northern Ireland, Canada and Chapel Hill.  Romans’ consciousness of space and time, together with premodern cartography, preoccupy him, as seen in his Challenges of Mapping the Classical World (Routledge, 2019) and World and Hour in Roman Minds: Exploratory Essays (Oxford, 2023).  When developing the landmark Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (Princeton, 2000), he was alerted to the formative contribution that Heinrich Kiepert and his son Richard made to the mapping of Asia Minor.  The unrecognized longterm impact of their work – extending from the 1840s through 1930s – features in today’s talk and in Princeton University Library’s virtual exhibition Late Ottoman Turkey in Princeton’s Forgotten Maps, 1883-1923.