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Rome’s Marble Plan: Progress and Prospects

By Elizabeth Wolfram Thrill

The Forma Urbis Romae is a monument of outstanding importance from many perspectives, but study of it consistently proved a severe challenge until the development of digital technology. The paper first outlines the longstanding difficulties, and then discusses the successive ongoing 21st-century efforts to overcome them.

What has the Ancient World Mapping Center Done for Us?

By Lindsay Holman

Since its establishment at UNC Chapel Hill in 2000, the Ancient World Mapping Center ( has played increasingly wide and active roles. The paper reviews these, and evaluates their present importance and future potential.

What Difference Has Digitization Made?

By Tom Elliott

The ‘digital turn’ in geography has brought marked changes in both research methods and scholarly communications to classical studies over the past forty years. The transition to digital cartography and the introduction of computational spatial analysis have created new paths for the field as well as new challenges. The paper offers a selective survey of this liminal period and its consequences.

Modern Mapping Before Digitization

By Richard Talbert

Since the establishment of APA/SCS in 1869, modern mapping of the entire classical world or major parts of it (beyond the level of textbooks) has undergone two successive phases. The paper surveys and evaluates both, but with fuller attention to the second (from the 1980s), because it was a North American initiative by origin and also proved by far the more productive.

Greek and Roman Mapping

By Georgia Irby

The paper surveys the limitations of surviving evidence for maps as a form of record and communication in Greek and Roman culture, and reflects on the evolution of modern approaches to this material.