As The Romans Did: A Sourcebook in Roman Social History

Paperback | August 1, 1997

EditorJo-ann Shelton

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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 sourcematerial--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 coverageof 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 bibliographyprovide 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'sgrandiose 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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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 sourcematerial--from personal letters, farming manuals, medical...

Jo-Ann Shelton is Professor of Classics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of several books and articles on the social and cultural history of Rome in the early imperial period, including Hercules Furens: The Madness of Hercules (1991).
Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 6.5 × 9.09 × 0.94 inPublished:August 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019508974X

ISBN - 13:9780195089745

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Engaging I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Roman civilization. Even when discussing ancient politics and farming, both of which I find incredibly boring, Shelton manages to do it in such a way that it's not a chore to read about them. The price is almost physically painful, but then, it's a textbook.
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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. The Structure of Roman SocietyII. FamiliesIII. MarriageIV. Housing and City LifeV. Domestic and Personal ConcernsVI. EducationVII. OccupationsVIII. SlavesIX. Freedman and FreedwomenX. Government and PoliticsXI. The Romaan ArmyXII. The ProvincesXIII. Women in Roman SocietyXIV. Leisure and EnvironmentXV. Religion and PhilosophyMapsAppendix I. SourcesAppendix II. Roman MoneyAppendix III. Important Dates and EventsBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"I like the organization and vast array of selections included. Also, I appreciate the short selections that allow students a taste of a great many different sorts of historical sources--windows on the Roman world."--Arlene Sindelar, University of Central Arkansas