The Roman World

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"The fifty-seven documents in this sourcebook introduce readers to many of the major topics of Roman history, from the period of the Twelve Tables (ca. 451 B.C.) to the later Roman empire: the structure of Roman society, slavery, the position of women and the nature of family life, farm-management and agricultural practices, scientific and medical knowledge, political and religious life, the military, and the non-Roman world beyond the frontiers. Each of the selections has been chosen for its historical significance and its intrinsic interest, ...
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"The fifty-seven documents in this sourcebook introduce readers to many of the major topics of Roman history, from the period of the Twelve Tables (ca. 451 B.C.) to the later Roman empire: the structure of Roman society, slavery, the position of women and the nature of family life, farm-management and agricultural practices, scientific and medical knowledge, political and religious life, the military, and the non-Roman world beyond the frontiers. Each of the selections has been chosen for its historical significance and its intrinsic interest, and is introduced and annotated by the editor. Extended selections from works such as Petronius' Satyricon and Suetonius' biography of the mad emperor Caligula allow readers to encounter the events and personalities of the era at first hand, while maps, suggestions for further reading, and a chronological table aid interpretation." The collection is invaluable for anyone who wants to understand the nature of the Roman world. It is an ideal supplement for narrative survey courses, or the volume can be used independently as part of a theme-based approach to Roman history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631217831
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.95 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
1 The Social Order 1
1 The Twelve Tables 4
2 Plutarch, Life of Cato the Elder (selections) 9
3 Juvenal, Satires 3 13
4 Horace, Satires 2.8 18
5 Diodorus of Sicily, Historical Library 34.2 21
6 L'Annee Epigraphique 1971, 88 26
7 Petronius, Satyricon (selections) 28
8 Theodosian Code (selections) 36
2 Women, Marriage, and Family 39
9 Livy, History of Rome 34.2-4 42
10 Juvenal, Satires 6 (selections) 44
11 Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 744 51
12 Berliner Griechische Urkunden 1052 51
13 Plutarch, Precepts of Marriage (selections) 52
14 Laudatio Turiae (Inscriptiones Latinae Selectae 8393) 54
15 Pliny, Letters 4.19 58
16 Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum 13.1983 59
17 Valerius Maximus, Memorable Deeds and Sayings 6.3.9-12 61
3 Economy 63
18 Plutarch, Life of Cato the Elder 21 64
19 Cicero, On Duties 1.150-1 65
20 Cato, On Agriculture (selections) 66
21 Columella, On Farming (selections) 71
4 Science and Medicine 80
22 Pliny the Elder, Natural History (selections) 81
23 Celsus, On Medicine (selections) 88
24 Galen, On the Usefulness of the Parts of the Body 14.6-7 92
25 Soranus, Gynecology (selections) 93
5 Politics and Government 98
26 Polybius, Histories (selections) 101
27 Cicero, In Defense of Sestius (selections) 105
28 Quintus Cicero, Handbook on Campaigning for Office 107
29 Tacitus, Annals 1.1-15 118
30 Augustus, Accomplishments of the Deified Augustus 126
31 Suetonius, Caligula (selections) 133
32 Diocletian, Price Edict (selections) 139
33 Ammianus Marcellinus, History (selections) 144
34 Theodosian Code (selections) 151
6 Rome and the Provinces 154
35 Cicero, Letters to his Brother Quintus 1.1.8-35 156
36 British Museum Papyrus 1912 162
37 Charter of Urso (Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum 1.594) (selections) 164
38 Aelius Aristides, To Rome (selections) 167
7 The Army 174
39 Vegetius, Epitome of Military Science (selections) 176
40 Polybius, Histories (selections) 180
41 R. O. Fink, Roman Military Records on Papyrus, no. 63 184
42 Anonymous, On Military Matters (selections) 186
8 Beyond the Frontier 193
43 Caesar, Gallic War 6.13-23 196
44 Tacitus, Agricola (selections) 199
45 Tacitus, Germania (selections) 202
46 Ammianus Marcellinus, History 23.6.75-84 206
47 Ammianus Marcellinus, History 31.2.1-11 207
9 Pagans and Christians 210
48 Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Roman Antiquities 2.67 214
49 Plutarch, Life of Romulus 21.3-5 215
50 Cato, On Agriculture 139-41 215
51 Augustine, City of God 4.8 216
52 Apuleius, Metamorphoses 11 (selections) 218
53 Minucius Felix, Octavius (selections) 221
54 Tacitus, Annals 15.44 224
55 Pliny, Letters 10.96-7 224
56 Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History 5.1-31 226
57 H. Musurillo, The Acts of the Christian Martyrs, no. 22 229
Notes 235
App. 1 Roman Emperors, to A.D. 395 251
App. 2 Coins, Weights, and Measures 252
Chronological Table 254
Index 260
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