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Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History : Approaching the Ancient World - Roger S. Bagnall

Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History

Approaching the Ancient World

Paperback Published: 5th October 1995
ISBN: 9780415093774
Number Of Pages: 168

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The ancient Mediterranean world brought to us by Herodotus, Thucydides and Tacitus is one of politics, war and the power elite of Greece and Rome. There was another ancient world, in which ordinary people made a living, sold land, ran their towns and sued one another. This is the world that the papyri bring to life; this book is about how they do so.
"Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History" demonstrates how historians can put together information from scattered and often badly damaged documents to build up a picture of the society, economy and culture of the multicultural and multilingual world of antiquity. Through discussion of contemporary historical work on the documents, Roger Bagnall scrutinizes alternative ways of approaching these sources. He shows how the ancient historian can use the methodologies of anthropology, comparative history and statistics alongside more traditional tools to turn these texts into questions and answers.
Students and teachers of ancient history will find "Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History" an indispensable guide to using these ancient texts in their own work.

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Bagnall does an excellent job of surveying the kinds of work currently being done on papyri and suggesting how to improve on these

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Culture of Papyrusp. 9
Ancient and Modern Choices in Documentationp. 17
Particular and Generalp. 32
Time and Placep. 55
Quantificationp. 73
Asking Questionsp. 90
Continuity and Renewalp. 109
Notesp. 118
Works Cited in the Text and Notesp. 130
General Bibliographyp. 137
Indexp. 142
Indexp. 142
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ISBN: 9780415093774
ISBN-10: 0415093775
Series: Approaching the Ancient World
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 5th October 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.49 x 13.87  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1