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"Terrific . . . exactly the sort of collection we have long needed: one offering a wide range of texts, both literary and documentary, and that—with the inclusion of Sulpicia and Perpetua—allows students to hear the voices of actual women from the ancient world. The translations themselves are fluid; the inclusion of long extracts allows students to sink their teeth into material in ways not possible with traditional source books. "The anonymous texts, inscriptions, and other non-literary material topically arranged in the 'Documentary' section will enable students to see how the documentary evidence supplements or undermines the views advanced in the literary texts. This is a book that should be of great use to anyone teaching a survey of the history of Ancient Rome or a Roman Civilization course. I look forward to teaching with this book which is, I think, the best source book I have seen for the way we teach these days."
—David Potter, University of Michigan
"Eager to be immersed in the richness, diversity, and raw energy of how ancient Romans lived and thought? This most readable anthology is a revealing, seductive page-turner, hard to put down once opened."
—Richard J. Talbert, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"An Impressive and well-chosen selection of key sources for the study of ancient Rome, rendered into lively and engaging English. Together they offer a panorama of republican and imperial life and letters. Highly recommended."
—Nathan Rosenstein, The Ohio State University
"A useful cross-section of the literary and documentary evidence for ancient Roman history and society. An important new tool for teachers and students."
—G. J. Oliver, Department of Classics, Brown University
About the Authors:
Christopher Francese is Professor of Classical Languages, Dickinson College.
R. Scott Smith is Associate Professor of Classics, University of New Hampshire.