Richard Talbert is the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor with the History Department of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He studied Classics at Cambridge University before becoming lecturer in ancient history at Queen’s University, Belfast, and then teaching at McMaster University. As visiting professor, he has taught at the universities of Alabama and Princeton. He has gained Guggenheim and other fellowships and awards, as well as securing extensive funding support for his work. He is past President of the Association of Ancient Historians. His historical interests within antiquity are broad and varied, ranging from Spartans and western Greeks to government and society in the Roman empire, and above all in recent years mapping, travel and worldview. The establishment of Chapel Hill’s unique Ancient World Mapping Center followed his publication of the groundbreaking Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (2000). Much of his latest major study Rome’s World: the Peutinger Map Reconsidered is a digital presentation due for publication by Cambridge University Press in spring 2010. A recent volume co-edited by him and Kurt Raaflaub is Geography, Ethnography, and Perspectives of the World in Pre-Modern Societies (Wiley-Blackwell).