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H 245 x W 174 mm

338 pages

130 figures (colour throughout)

Published May 2024

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803277813

Digital: 9781803277820

DOI 10.32028/9781803277813

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Roman; Ancient Rome; Geography; Visualisation; Art

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A Map of the Body, a Map of the Mind: Visualising Geographical Knowledge in the Roman World

By Iain Ferris


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This study considers the relationship between geography and power in the Roman world, most particularly the visualisation of geographical knowledge in myriad forms of geography products: geographical treatises, histories, poems, personifications, landscape representations, images of barbarian peoples, maps, itineraries, and imported foodstuffs.




Chapter One: Maps of the Mind

Chapter Two: Strangers in a Strange Land

Chapter Three: Rome in Rome

Chapter Four: A River Without End

Chapter Five: Staged Designs

Chapter Six: Landscape and Desire

Chapter Seven: An Unseen Ruler

Chapter Eight: Maps of the Body

Chapter Nine: Moving Away from the Pulsebeat

Chapter Ten: Slouching Towards Empire





About the Author

Iain Ferris is an independent academic researcher and a former field archaeologist who has published three archaeological excavation monographs and ten books, the most recent of which Visions of the Roman North: Art and Identity in Northern Roman Britain was published by Archaeopress in 2021.