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

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Voices of Ancient Greece and Rome: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life sheds light on various aspects of Greek and Roman daily life by examining excerpts from the works of ancient authors who wrote about these topics. Written to help readers truly understand what life within an ancient civilization was like, each entry is preceded by background information and followed by thought-provoking questions.

This book covers fascinating topics such as domestic life, employment, housing,...

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Overview

Voices of Ancient Greece and Rome: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life sheds light on various aspects of Greek and Roman daily life by examining excerpts from the works of ancient authors who wrote about these topics. Written to help readers truly understand what life within an ancient civilization was like, each entry is preceded by background information and followed by thought-provoking questions.

This book covers fascinating topics such as domestic life, employment, housing, food and clothing, sports and games, public safety, education, health care, politics, and religion. Each chapter contains several relevant documents excerpted from the writings of ancient authors accompanied by background information, reading and thought questions, bibliographical data, and suggestions for further reading. An introductory essay to the volume, a guide for evaluating original sources, and bio-notes on the ancient authors are also included.

As with other volumes in the Greenwood Voices of an Era series, this book contains much more than just a series of documents: it provides the information and tools that will promote critical thinking and support the research process.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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."

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Library Journal

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

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313387388
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/31/2012
  • Series: Voices of an Era Series
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 1,478,527
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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