“Mapping Cicero’s Letters” is a project for the Kenyon College course “The Ends of the Earth in the Ancient Imagination.” In 2016, 2018, and 2020, students enrolled in the course analyzed selections of Cicero’s letters for geo-spatial information. They learned to create original tabular data and how to format it for visualization in Carto. They also learned to apply SQL statements to manipulate their data, and to use CSS to customize the resulting maps. Here are some examples of their work. We intend to continue the project in future iterations of the course.
We are making our documentation available along with instructional screencasts for anyone who would like to recreate or adapt the project.
We recommend starting with our quick introduction to Carto. This video will teach you how to make a simple digital map:
The videos below explain the ten steps that students went through to create their visualizations in Carto. You will find documentation and template files after the videos.