Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

School

Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences

Committee Chair

George T Raber

Committee Chair School

Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences

Committee Member 2

David M. Cochran, Jr.

Committee Member 2 School

Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences

Committee Member 3

David H. Holt

Committee Member 3 School

Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences

Committee Member 4

Amy Slagle

Committee Member 4 School

Humanities

Abstract

This study models malaria risks for travelers on ancient Roman roads with the goal of providing a tool for historical assessment of travel accounts from antiquity. The project includes: identification of malaria risk factors and associated spatial datasets, malaria risk model construction, verification and validation against available pre-eradication data, overlay of ancient Roman road data, and an initial case-study application to the journeys of the Apostle Paul, as narrated in the New Testament book, Acts of the Apostles (Acts). The project is intentionally cross-disciplinary in bringing the technical capabilities of GIS to the task of evaluating nuanced textual sources for historical reconstruction.

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