Due: Thursday at 8
Big question: How does historical GIS help us answer questions about the ancient Roman world?
Learning objectives. By the end of this lesson you will:
demonstrate familiarity with robust historical GIS interfaces.
calculate distance and speed using historical GIS.
analyze information you learn from historical GIS.
be able to evaluate the usefulness of GIS metadata on historical GIS maps.
For this lesson you are going to be using, rather than building, GIS maps. You will use the Orbis map and the Augustan Rome map. Please note that these are interactive maps, so if a map doesn’t work at first, please try your secondary browser.
NOTE: Augustan Rome is built with Flash. To access this, use the Chrome browser, click on the “not secure” text on the left-hand side of the URL, go to “settings” and turn on flash and pop ups for this site. After reloading the website, it should work. You do not need to download flash.
The lesson is in two parts. The first part asks you to use Orbis to answer questions about travel from Memphis (Egypt) to Melita (Malta) to Argentorate (France). The second part asks you to evaluate the Augustan Rome map for its use of metadata (information attached to map points).
For this exercise, you are a male merchant, carrying a valuable package of silk from Memphis to Argentorate (current-day Strasbourg, France). You have promised your sister-in-law to stop in Melita (current day Malta) to deliver a letter to her husband. You are have enough money to travel by foot or by oxcart. Although you are willing to sail on a boat, your can only afford a slow boat or a boat that only travels during daylight. It is currently fall, and you must reach Argentorate by Spring in order to sell your silk.
Please read the following directions carefully. There are multiple questions in each section to answer.
Set your departure town.
Set your arrival town.
Set the season to fall.
Set your “Network Modes” and the “Mode” based on the scenario given above.
How fast can your get from Memphis to Argentorate, with the above conditions in the ?
How far is it from Memphis to Meilta and then Melita to Argentorate?
How do the “Cheapest” and “Shortest” routes differ from the fastest routes from Melita to Argentorate? ```
Click on the “Network” tab.
Center on Argentorate and then Memphis.
Click “Calculate Network”
Click on “Zones”
What are the differences between the Argentorate zones and the Memphis zones? What do these differences tell you about the Roman world?
As a silk merchant, which city do you think is best as your home shop, based on your reading of this Network map? Why do you think this city is best?