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.
"Rich....Very much a collection for today's English-speaking investigator of the Roman world....Should find a very wide and happy audience."--New England Classical Newsletter & Journal (on the previous edition) "Will be useful in college courses and high-school classrooms alike."--The Classical Outlook "The most lucid account of daily activity thus far constructed....A wonderful sourcebook of everyday life...will become a short classic of the past."--Ronald T. Marchese, University of Minnesota "A wonderful book! The best introduction to the Romans that I have seen. The Romans speak to the students in their own voices, but the clear organization, excellent introductions and cross-referencing make the book accessible and informative."--Kathryn Argetsinger, University of Rochester "In short, this is an excellent book, one which fulfills the purpose for which it was written."--Ancient History Bulletin "A good sourcebook and a great introduction to elements of social history usually overlooked."--Eric D. Huntsman, Brigham Young University "A someone who teaches as much social history as possible I found this book to be both fascinating and highly beneficial. Students will enjoy it because it brings the Romans down to the human level."--Jana Pisani, Texas A&M International University "Excellent choice of readings. Good commentary."--Margaret P. Hasselman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute "A superb sourcebook for the social history of ancient Rome. Required reading for all Roman civilization courses at the University of Pittsburgh."--Warren Dawkins, University of Pittsburgh "This is by far the best sourcebook for any course touching upon or concentrating on Roman social history. I require it for my large lecture classes in the Roman family and in Republican history." --W. Jeffrey Tatum, Florida State University "The best one-volume sourcebook available for Roman history."--Henry Chambers, California State University, Sacramento "Substantive. Useful. Delightful!"--Francis B. Randall, Sarah Lawrence College "This superbly rich anthology of readings in Roman life and civilization is already indispensable. As an instructor I found it well-organized, detailed, and wide-ranging. Shelton's background sections are especially capable--cogent and clear, but never over-simplifying difficult issues."--James M. Pfundstein, Bowling Green State University "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 "An outstanding sourcebook for classics instructors who want to give brief but authoritative answers to students' questions on Roman life."--David J. Coffta, Canisius College "A very fine collection of sources, suitable for classes at various levels. The notes are especially helpful."--David H.J. Larmour, Texas Technical University
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st December 1997
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 16.6 x 23.5 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.74
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised