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Old February 4th, 2013, 07:34 AM   #1

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Trustworthy maps of Roman Empire in Africa and Middle East


Hello everybody,

I'm looking for reliable maps of Roman Empire particularly in Africa and Middle East. Europe was quite easy (but also there are lot of contradictory information), but I'm totally confused with actual maps of late Roman Republic and Empire in Africa and Middle East.

I'm building interactive map of Romans since foundation of Rome till 395 AD and I'm quite confident until year 37 AD (death of Tiberius). Since this event I'm sure only with years 117, 125 and 395, the rest of period of Roman Empire is quite misty for me.

I'd be thankful for any help.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 09:11 AM   #2

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Main confusion stems from the fact that there didn't exist a clearcut concept of what constituted a border as does in our present day world.
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Hmm, this is probably good point
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Old February 4th, 2013, 11:45 AM   #4

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You might want to start from Tabula:

The Tabula Peutingeriana, a Roman Road Map

I'm too lazy to write more right now.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 12:10 PM   #5

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Hmm, this is probably good point
This does not make it impossible, just improbable. There are many good maps around, however they are generally just modern day interpretations. For books a good start is the Putzger historical world atlas, a fine piece of German atlas-work About the non-existance of a territorial concept like ours, I wouldn't let it discourage you, but it might simply be a good thing as a note, a remark to be included.
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Sure, I've already encountered interpolation issues - e.g. Roman control of Garamantes. I've decided to cover into Roman territory areas held by Romans continuously for several years (northern areas of Garamantes but not its capital - Garama) or under clear Roman administration (Trajan's province Mesopotamia).

Maybe these rules are not perfect, but it makes some sense in modern concept of of a territoriality (at least according to me )
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