The AIA Iowa Society Lecture Program: Mapping Ottoman Turkey the Roman Way around 1900


Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 3:30pm


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Presentation by Richard Talbert, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill  

It is a shock to realize that, apart from surveys for railroads, Asia Minor (modern Turkey) in the early 20th century was still being mapped with techniques little more advanced than Roman ones. Moreover, the main interest of many of the travelers who did this work was antiquities. Professor Richard Talbert has rediscovered these long-forgotten maps. He evaluates them and traces their surprising impact on the Ottomans and the Great Powers of the World War I era. His lecture weaves an extraordinary tale of ancient and modern cartography. 

The Archaeological Institute of American (AIA) Iowa Society Lecture Program is a joint initiative of  the Office of the State Archaeologist, the University of Iowa Departments of Anthropology, Classics, Religion, Art and Art History, the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History, and the Iowa Academy of Science.

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