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As the Romans Did: A Sourcebook in Roman Social History

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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, graffi ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 512 pages
Published 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 9th 1997)
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Apr 19, 2015 Lis rated it it was amazing
Jammer dat ik geen tijd heb om alles nu te lezen, maar damn dit is interessant
Mark McFaddyn
Aug 17, 2014 Mark McFaddyn rated it really liked it
This is a nonfiction book, written by Jo-Ann Shelton, a professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara. I relied on it extensively for a novel I am writing which takes place in ancient Rome. The book is a concise and comprehensive view of many aspects of Roman culture. What makes this book unique is the combination of Shelton's readable introductions and commentary combined with relevant passages from Roman texts—we hear the Romans in their own words. As Ronald T. Marchese of Univers ...more
Jan 13, 2017 Mani rated it really liked it
Shelves: uni
This book was extremely pleasant to read and learn from and use as a study resource. It is extremely comprehensive and detailed, and yet passages are not that long and the book is divided into sections that are short but quick to get to the point. This is perfect for first year university students especially, but really for anyone who likes to get relevant, interesting information in a quick way without having to skim through many long paragraphs.
Lauren Langford
Feb 04, 2014 Lauren Langford rated it liked it
This is certainly not a book you would select for some light reading. But if you happen to be studying Ancient Rome and you are in need of some primary source documents that shed light on Roman life (without making your eyes cross) then this is a really great book.
Feb 27, 2013 Tana rated it really liked it
Love this book for all of the sources and insight into life in ancient Rome. It is especially great in its footnotes, and I loved the tone in the sections that introduced the translated works. I would recommend this if you are interested in Rome.
Jan 04, 2009 Bill rated it really liked it
A vivid and fascinating insight into many aspects of Roman life and society. The book uses inscriptions, letters, graffiti, textbooks, etc. to let Romans describe their world in their own words. It conveys a better sense of Rome as a living, evolving, enduring society than any mere history.

The graffiti and wall painting are my favorite. Consider this rental ad from Pompeii:
The Arrius Pollio Apartment Complex
owned by Gnaeus Allius Nigidius Maius
FOR RENT from July 1
streetfront shops with counter
Apr 22, 2017 Aaron rated it it was amazing
A great overview of the Republican and early Imperial periods. It's a hefty 500-page volume of primary sources illustrating various aspects of military and civilian life interspersed with contextual commentary from the author. It provides a great reminder of just how simultaneously familiar and alien our Roman forebears were.
Jul 07, 2008 Abbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: latin
i used this book for 4 courses in college, making it one of the most useful texts i bought. i highly recomend it for anyone researching this period of history, because it has a good sampling of translated original sources on all sorts of Roman social history.
Nov 22, 2008 Brandon rated it liked it
"As The Romans Did" provides information about Roman society written by Romans themselves. The book is worth reading because it focuses on various aspects of Ancient Roman life. From slavery to women's roles and beyond this book covers it all.
Heather Domin
Nov 22, 2010 Heather Domin rated it really liked it
An excellent reference book and research fact-checker, full of primary sources and edited in an easy-to-read style.
Blaine Welgraven
May 29, 2015 Blaine Welgraven rated it liked it
A helpful topical study, if somewhat bland in its narrative.
Jan 02, 2012 Lindsay rated it liked it
This book was used for an Ancient Roman history class I took in college. It has some good information.
Feb 09, 2012 Natasha rated it liked it
read it for my Roman Civilization class, twas kind of boring
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 Benjamin Plume rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This was a valuable resource, with a lot of consolidated info.
Nov 15, 2012 Sharon rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, college
Read portions of this for a Roman Civilization class.
Sep 20, 2012 Dean rated it it was amazing
I reference this book constantly. Great primary sources and well organized.
Thomas Cook
Jun 05, 2008 Thomas Cook rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ancient, history
A magnificent one stop shop for primary sources.
Roslyn Valentino
Jan 26, 2011 Roslyn Valentino rated it liked it
Great wasy to read about roman culture. One of my favorite books on Roman history.
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