About

The Roadrunners’ Guide to the Ancient World is an interactive map of and guide to the people and places of antiquity. All content (except for the entry on Siena) is created by students at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and targeted at students and community members.  While it is possible to search entries through this page, the Guide is designed to be experienced through the interactive map, in the link below.

Enter the Roadrunners’ Guide to the Ancient World Main Page

Instructions for Using this Resource

While the Roadrunner’s Guide to the Ancient World is meant to be easy to use, a few tips may be helpful to you when using the site

1) The Roadrunner’s Guide is built off of Google Maps. Therefore, it may default to your last Google Maps settings. please zoom the map in or out until it appears as you wish it would, and turn off the “labels” feature to prevent potential confusion.

2) The Roadrunners’ Guide to the Ancient World currently contains information about the ancient world, or to about 400 CE. Therefore, the names connected to the locations on the map may be somewhat different to what you are used to.

3) The sites discussed by the Roadrunner’s Guide have been color coded and keyworded for your convenience. By June 1st, each tag will have three terms identifying important elements for easy researching. The cities are already color coded by region.

blue dotBlue Dots refer to sites on the Italian Peninsula

green dotGreen Dots refer to sites that were initially connected to Greek City-States

standard map iconPink Dots refer to sites in Western Europe

purple dotPurple Dots refer to sites in Eastern Europe and Africa

yellow marker dot       Yellow Dots refer to sites in Africa

 

Update: This year, students have added new portions of the Roadrunner’s Guide to the Ancient World. We now have multiple pages about important individuals from the Greek world, and will soon be adding even more cities.

Naukratis

Carlos Mejia Jr. What was Naucratis? According to Herodotus, Naucratis was a settlement as well as a trading post established by the Greeks that had a joint venture to twelve different places: “Ionians from Samos, Miletos, Chios, Teos, Phokaia and Klazomenai; Dorians from Rhodes, Knidos, Halikarnassos and Phaselis; Aiolionas from Mytilene on Lesbos and the … Continue reading

Naucratis (Mejia)

Carlos Mejia Jr. What was Naucratis? According to Herodotus, Naucratis was a settlement as well as a trading post established by the Greeks that had a joint venture to twelve different places: “Ionians from Samos, Miletos, Chios, Teos, Phokaia and Klazomenai; Dorians from Rhodes, Knidos, Halikarnassos and Phaselis; Aiolionas from Mytilene on Lesbos and the … Continue reading

Greek Poet Pindar

By: Amanda Burciaga Critics Quote: “Pindar (522-438 B.C.), the greatest Greek lyric poet, brought choral poetry to perfection. Unlike the personal lyrics of his predecessors, his works were meant to be recited by choruses of young men and women and accompanied by music.” Pindar’s early life: Pindar was born at Cynoscephalae, near Thebes, in Boeotia of … Continue reading

Pythagoras

By: Mariana Castillo, Denise Mojica & Cecilia Gregory Early Life and How he Came to Be Pythagoras was born in 570 BCE in Samos, Ionia. There isn’t much known about what his childhood was like, nor is there a lot of information on what he physically looked like. Pythagoras learned his skills from three famous … Continue reading

Themistocles

Created by John Mohacey & Kollin Strey Themistocles was an Athenian general who was an excellent tactician as well as a renowned statesman.  Born in 524 B.C.E. Themistocles had good claim to being the man who saved Greece during the Second Persian War. Despite this, Themistocles would be surrounded by controversy for most of his life … Continue reading

The Life of Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great served as king of Macedonia from 336 to 323 BC. During this time, Alexander united Greece, reestablished the Corinthian League, and conquered the Persian Empire. Alexander’s Childhood: He was the child of King Philip II and Queen Olympia. Alexander was raised with his sister in Pella’s Royal Court. Alexander rarely saw his … Continue reading