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Voices of Ancient Greece and Rome: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life
     

Voices of Ancient Greece and Rome: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life

by David Matz
 

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Collecting documents culled from the writings of ancient Greek and Roman authors, this book provides a glimpse of what life was like in ancient times and illustrates the relevance of these long-ago civilizations to modern life.

• Over 40 documents, excerpted from the writings of ancient Greek and Roman authors, such as Plutarch's description of the

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Collecting documents culled from the writings of ancient Greek and Roman authors, this book provides a glimpse of what life was like in ancient times and illustrates the relevance of these long-ago civilizations to modern life.

• Over 40 documents, excerpted from the writings of ancient Greek and Roman authors, such as Plutarch's description of the banishment from Athens of a just man

• A timeline of the ancient Greco-Roman world provides a chronology of important events

• A glossary containing descriptions/definitions of many Greek and Roman words and terms, such as "strategos"

Editorial Reviews

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"This volume, using excerpts from ancient primary documents, brings the people of ancient Greece and Rome to life." - Library Media Connection

"This volume will well serve students taking introductory classics courses. It will be a fun addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in Greek and Roman history." - Library Journal

Library Journal
Finding primary-source material can be a difficult task for classicists and history students. Matz (classical languages, St. Bonaventure Univ.) provides modern, easy-to-read translations of excerpts from ancient Greek and Roman documents. The texts are enhanced with definitions, contextual explanations, follow-up blurbs, reader questions, and ideas for related questions. The introductions to each text as well as the "aftermath" conclusions are particularly helpful, as they provide useful information regarding the social, political, economic, or cultural circumstances surrounding the account. While the language used in the book is aimed at college students, the accompanying questions and topics are occasionally simplistic and more focused on reading comprehension than on deeper thinking. The layout occasionally comes across as juvenile, but this is a minor issue considering the book's other strengths. Matz does not address the nuances of translating primary texts, which is a surprising oversight considering the depth of his explanations and the impact different translators may have on the content of a translated work. He does, however, give an excellent account of how the experiences of the various contemporary authors may have colored their writing. VERDICT This volume will well serve students taking introductory classics courses. It will be a fun addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in Greek and Roman history.—Lauren de Bruin, Alberta Lib., Edmonton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313387388
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/31/2012
Series:
Voices of an Era Series
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

David Matz is professor of classical languages at St. Bonaventure University, NY. He has authored six books on Greek and Roman history and culture.

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