Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Texts of the Ancient World on Google Maps
GapVis is an interface for exploring the locations referenced in historical texts. The project aims to geo-tag and show the locations of ancient places mentioned in some of the key books from and about the ancient world.
Currently the interface allows you to explore texts such as Edward Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Herodotus, The Works of Flavius Josephus, The First and Thirty-third Books of Pliny's Natural History and a number of other texts.
GapVis comes with a number of different views. The Book Summary view includes a Google Map displaying all the places referenced in a book and where they appear in the narrative structure. The Place Detail view provides deeper information about a particular geographic location, including a network map of related places based on narrative co-reference.