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As The Romans Did: A Sourcebook in Roman…

As The Romans Did: A Sourcebook in Roman Social History

by Jo-Ann Shelton

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This is, by far, one of the best introductory texts I've used for ease of access to a broad sample of primary Roman sources. The material is ordered into 15 sections by features of Roman life, such as 'Families', 'Marriage', 'Housing and City Life', 'Occupations', 'Freedmen', 'Religion and Philosophy', and so on, meaning that a large quantity of well chosen sources are easily accessible. ( )
  PastorBob | Dec 12, 2011 |
This is an excellent book; that is the best way to describe it. The book uses both primary and secondary sources to illuminate the lives, customs, values, and every day workings of a whole world of different Roman people. This book describes how Romans lived, what they loved, their class differences, their gender differences, their social customs, and just… generally who they were. It has sections on bathrooms, sewers, contraception, doctors, state religion, prostitution, war captives, urban dangers… there are hundreds of things, really, and all uniquely fascinating. The best part of this book is the source material, though. In this book, a reader sees Rome through the eyes of a Roman or someone close to the Roman world. Used are such materials as graffiti, letters, tomb inscriptions, in addition to books. It’s a valuable resource for anyone who is studying Roman history. ( )
  morbidromantic | Dec 29, 2008 |
This sourcebook covers a wide range of topics in early Roman social history. There is a variety of sources, and only the most relevant information has been included. The sources are placed in context, but the descriptions still allow the reader to form their own conclusions from the material. ( )
  shootingstarr7 | Dec 16, 2007 |
Provides a comprehensive overview of early imperial roman culture and society, citing ancient sources liberaly. I have found it to be well written and concise. ( )
  wackyvorlon | Jun 27, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 019508974X, Paperback)

Revised to include new selections and updated bibliographical material, the second edition of this popular sourcebook offers a rich, revealing look at everyday Roman life. It provides clear, lively translations of a fascinating array of documents drawn from Latin and Greek source material--from personal letters, farming manuals, medical texts, and recipes to poetry, graffiti, and tombstone inscriptions. Each selection has been translated into readable, contemporary English. This edition includes more than 50 additional selections that introduce new topics and expand coverage of existing topics. In addition, the commentary on all the selections has been revised to reflect the recent scholarship of social and cultural historians. Extensive annotations, abundant biographical notes, maps, appendices, cross-references to related topics, and a newly-updated bibliography provide readers with the historical and cultural background material necessary to appreciate the selections.
Arranged thematically into chapters on family life, housing, education, entertainment, religion, and other important topics, the translations reveal the ambitions and aspirations not only of the upper class, but of the average Roman citizen as well. They tell of the success and failure of Rome's grandiose imperialist policies and also of the pleasures and hardships of everyday life. Wide-ranging and lively, the second edition of As the Romans Did offers the most lucid account available of Roman life in all its diversity. Ideal for courses in Ancient Roman History, Social History of Rome, Roman Civilization, and Classics, it will also appeal to readers interested in ancient history.

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