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The Roman World: A Sourcebook



The Roman World: A Sourcebook

David Cherry (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-21784-8 June 2001 Wiley-Blackwell 280 Pages

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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. Each of the selections has been chosen for its historical significance and intrinsic interest, and is introduced and annotated by the editor.
List of Illustrations.

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.

Chronological Table.


"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

  • Covers many of the major themes in Roman history.
  • Editorial framework helps students understand the essential primary material.