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.