The 57 documents in this sourcebook introduce readers to many of the major topics of Roman history, from the period of the Twelve Tables (c.451 BC) to the later Roman empire: the structure of Roman society, slavery, the position of women and the nature of family life, farm-management and agricultural practices, scientific and medical knowledge, political and religious life, the military, and the non-Roman world beyond the frontiers. Each of the selections has been chosen for its historical significance and intrinsic interest, and is introduced and annotated by the editor. Extended selections from works such as Petronius' 'Satyricon' and Suetonius' biography of the mad emperor Caligula allow readers to encounter the events and personalities of the era at first hand, while maps, suggestions for further reading, and a chronological table aid interpretation. The collection will be of interest to anyone who wants to understand the nature of the Roman world. It is an ideal supplement for narrative survey courses or can be used independently as a theme-based approach to Roman history.
"The great virtue of Cherry's book is that the [chapter] selections are long enough to give the reader a feel not only for the topic at hand but also for the Roman way of thinking. The volume, in all, presents an excellent starting point for the study of Rome and the Romans." Jeanne Neumann O'Neill, Davidson College
"This collection will be of much use to students and to those wanting a rapid insight into Greco-Roman civilisation." Daedalus
Preface and Acknowledgments.
Part I: The Social Order:.
1. The Twelve Tables.
2. Plutarch, Life of Cato the Elder (selections).
3. Juvenal, Satires 3.
4. Horace, Satires 2.8.
5. Diodorus of Sicily, Historical Library 34.2.
6. L'AnnÚe +pigraphique 1971, 88.
7. Petronius, Satyricon (selections).
8. Theodosian Code (selections).
Part II: Women, Marriage, and Family:.
9. Livy, History of Rome 34.2-4.
10. Juvenal, Satires 6 (selections).
11. Oxyryhnchus Papyrus 744.
12. Berliner Griechische Urkunden 1052.
13. Plutarch, Precepts of Marriage (selections).
14. Laudatio Turiae (Inscriptiones Latinae Selectae 8393).
15. Pliny, Letters 4.19.
16. Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum 13.1983.
17. Valerius Maximus, Memorable Deeds and Sayings 6.3.9-12.
Part III: Economy:.
18. Plutarch, Life of Cato the Elder 21.
19. Cicero, On Duties 1.150-1.
20. Cato, On Agriculture (selections).
21. Columella, On Farming (selections).
Part IV: Science and Medicine:.
22. Pliny the Elder, Natural History (selections).
23. Celsus, On Medicine (selections).
24. Galen, On the Usefulness of the Parts of the Body 14.6-7.
25. Soranus, Gynecology (selections).
Part V: Politics and Government:.
26. Polybius, Histories (selections).
27. Cicero, In Defense of Sestius (selections).
28. Quintus Cicero, Handbook on Campaigning for Office.
29. Tacitus, Annals 1.1-15.
30. Augustus, Accomplishments of the Deified Augustus.
31. Suetonius, Caligula (selections).
32. Diocletian, Price Edict (selections).
33. Ammianus Marcellinus, History (selections).
34. Theodosian Code (selections).
Part VI: Rome and the Provinces:.
35. Cicero, Letters to his Brother Quintus 1.1.8-35.
36. British Museum Papyrus 1912.
37. Charter of Urso (Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum 1.594) (selections).
38. Aelius Aristides, To Rome (selections).
Part VII: The Army:.
39. Vegetius, Epitome of Military Science (selections).
40. Polybius, Histories (selections).
41. R. O. Fink, Roman Military Records on Papyrus, no. 63.
42. Anonymous, On Military Matters (selections).
Part VIII: Beyond the Frontier:.
43. Caesar, Gallic War 6.13-23.
44. Tacitus, Agricola (selections).
45. Tacitus, Germania (selections).
46. Ammianus Marcellinus, History 23.6.75-84.
47. Ammianus Marcellinus, History 31.2.1-11.
Part IX: Pagans and Christians:.
48. Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Roman Antiquities 2.67.
49. Plutarch, Life of Romulus 21.3-5.
50. Cato, On Agriculture 139-41.
51. Augustine, City of God 4.8.
52. Apuleius, Metamorphoses 11 (selections).
53. Minucius Felix, Octavius (selections).
54. Tacitus, Annals 15.44.
55. Pliny, Letters 10.96-7.
56. Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History 5.1-31.
57. H. Musurillo, The Acts of the Christian Martyrs, no. 22.
Appendix 1: Roman Emperors, to AD 395.
Appendix 2: Coins, Weights, and Measures.
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 8th June 2001
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 243.01 x 171.56 x 15.34
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated