Archaeology Series opens with talk on Roman Map-Making

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Archaeology series opens with talk on Roman map-making
The annual Valparaiso University Archaeological Institute of America lecture series will begin Sept. 21 with a discussion of Roman cartography and the creation of a map that would influence Christian mapmaking for centuries.
Richard Talbert, professor of history at the University of North Carolina, will discuss “The Magnificent Peutinger Map: Roman Cartography at Its Most Creative” at 8 p.m. in Harre Union Brown and Gold Room. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Talbert will discuss how the ancient Romans came to realize that maps are not mere factual records, but also value-laden documents, focusing on the powerful meaning and purpose in the so-called Peutinger Map, an elongated, astonishingly rich, Roman world-map.
In Rome, as today, Talbert will examine how maps can be designed to promote and reinforce values, from peace and civilization to unashamed pride in conquest and entitlement to world-rule. Talbert will describe recent advances developed by scholars to more effectively interpret the cartographic products of pre-modern societies.
Talbert’s current research focuses primarily on Greek and Roman spatial perceptions, both physical and cultural, and on mapping the classical world. This year, his books “Geography and Ethnography: Perceptions of the World in Pre-Modern Societies” and “Rome’s World: The Peutinger Map Reconsidered” are being published.
For more information about becoming a member of the AIA’s Valpo chapter, contact Richard DeMaris, professor of theology, at 219-464-6939, or at

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