The Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World
is a large-format English language atlas of ancient Europe
, and North Africa
, edited by Richard Talbert
. The time period depicted is roughly from archaic Greek
civilization (pre-550 BC
) through Late Antiquity
). The atlas was published by Princeton University
press, copyright 2000. The book was the winner of the 2000 Association of American Publishers Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Multivolume Reference Work in the Humanities.
The main (atlas) volume contains 102 color topographic maps, covering territory from the British Isles
and the Azores
and eastward to Afghanistan
and western China
. The size of the volume is 33 x 48 cm. A 45 page gazeteer
is also included in the atlas volume. The atlas is accompanied by a map-by-map directory on CD-ROM, in PDF
format, including a search index. The map-by-map directory is also available in print as a two-volume, 1,500 page edition.
According to the editor, the purpose of each map is to offer an up-to-date presentation of the important physical and covered features of the area, using all available literal, epigraphic, and archaeological data.
Most of the maps are of the scale 1:1,000,000 or 1:500,000. However, the environs of the three greater centers (Athens
) are presented in 1:150,000. Some remote regions, where Greeks and Romans mostly explored and traded rather than settled (i.e. Baltic
, East Africa