Ancient Rome: From the Early Republic to the Assassination of Julius Caesar

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Taylor & Francis, 2005 - History - 784 pages
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A companion volume to the highly successful and widely used Ancient Greece, this Sourcebook is a valuable resource for students at all levels studying ancient Rome.

Lynda Garland and Matthew Dillon present an extensive range of material, from the early Republic to the assassination of Julius Caesar.

Providing a comprehensive coverage of all important documents pertaining to the Roman Republic, Ancient Rome includes:

  • source material on political developments in the Roman Republic (509–44 BC)
  • detailed chapters on social phenomena, such as Roman religion, slavery and freedmen, women and the family, and the public face of Rome
  • clear, precise translations of documents taken not only from historical sources, but also from inscriptions, laws and decrees, epitaphs, graffiti, public speeches, poetry, private letters and drama
  • concise up-to-date bibliographies and commentaries for each document and chapter
  • a definitive collection of source material on the Roman Republic.

All students of ancient Rome and classical studies will find this textbook invaluable at all levels of study.

 

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This is a great source on the entire Republican period. Dillon and Garland utilise not only the more popular sources for their chapters (Livy and Polybius are at use frequently) but often the authors use inscriptions, remnant laws, coins, funeral reliefs, etc.
This is a very "hands off" book from the authors. The chapters are of course structured, and which ancient sources are/aren't included is up to their discretion, but you get the sense when using this anthology that the authors primary goal was to purely answer essay questions (such as "The role of Slaves in Republican Rome") as accurately as they could, via purely only ancient sources, without modern bias or influence.
This source book is a refreshing resource to have at ones disposal in the modern era of authorship where every Tom, Dick, and Harry, is trying to "craft" their own theories and place in the Pantheon of prestigious classical authoritarians.
Definitely pick this book up if you want to understand what ancient sources had to say on Republican Rome. Do not pick this book up if you want to read what modern authors THINK ancient sources actually meant.
 

Contents

507264 BC
1
The Public Face of Rome
54
Religion in the Roman Republic
109
Rome Against Carthage
173
Romes Mediterranean Empire
232
Slaves and Freedmen
295
Women and the Family
339
Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus
405
Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix
505
The Collapse of the Republic
544
Civil War and Dictatorship
619
The Ancient Sources
675
Glossary
696
Abbreviations and General Bibliography
702
Bibliographies to Chapters
713
Index of Ancient Sources
761

Gaius Marius
447
TheSocialWar
481

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About the author (2005)

Matt Dillon is a registered architect with more than 20 years of experience using, teaching, and consulting on AutodeskAs architectural products. He is currently Vice President of Technical Services for an Autodesk reseller and Authorized Training Center, spending much of his time helping customers throughout the U.S. implement Architectural Desktop. Matt is also a regular, top-rated instructor at Autodesk University, who, like Paul, has trained hundreds of architectural professionals in Architectural Desktop.

Garland is a lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of New England, New South Wales.

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