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Daily Life in Ancient Rome

Daily Life in Ancient Rome

A Sourcebook

Edited and Translated, with an Introduction, by Brian K. Harvey

March 2016 - 296 pp.
Imprint: Focus

Format ISBN Price Qty
Paper 978-1-58510-795-7
$24.95
Examination 978-1-58510-795-7
$3.00

Quick Overview

"There’s a tremendous amount to admire in Brian Harvey’s new Daily Life in Ancient Rome: A Sourcebook. And it stands out as a superior work against all the competing texts. Specifically, much careful thought, attention, and effort has gone into ensuring that the work is ideal for students and interested non-professionals. The texts are all translated into clear, accurate English. They are also thoroughly contextualized, both in categories as well as individually. This insistence on the historicity of the sources sets the book apart from the norm. The book also benefits from Harvey’s extensive, almost encyclopedic, knowledge of inscriptions, which are used as important sources along with the literary excerpts. Finally, the many photos by the author himself augment the texts and are themselves analyzed as unique sources."
     —Steven L. Tuck, Miami University, Ohio

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"One really must admire Harvey’s achievement in this sourcebook. With just 350 passages (more than half of them consisting of Latin inscriptions, from all over Rome’s empire), Harvey manages to give his readers a real sense of Roman private values and behaviors. His translations of the original texts are superb—both accurate and elegant. And he contextualizes his chosen passages with a series of remarkably economical but solidly reliable introductions. In a word, Harvey’s sourcebook strikes me as the best now available for a single-semester undergraduate course."
     —T. Corey Brennan, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

"[This book] stands out as a superior work against all the competing texts . . . the work is ideal for students and interested non-professionals. The texts are all translated into clear, accurate English. They are also thoroughly contextualized, both in categories as well as individually.
     "This insistence on the historicity of the sources sets the book apart from the norm. The book also benefits from Harvey’s extensive, almost encyclopedic, knowledge of inscriptions, which are used as important sources along with the literary excerpts. Finally, the many photos by the author himself augment the texts and are themselves analyzed as unique sources."
     —Steven L. Tuck, Miami University, Ohio

"Here are well chosen pieces, with brief, clear introductions, beautifully translated. A model sourcebook.”
     —The Reading Room, classicsforall.org.uk

"A welcome addition to those seeking to illustrate 'Roman' culture by providing the uninitiated with access to the ancient sources, with Harvey bringing to bear his own particular interest in the epigraphical evidence and introducing a number of texts not usually encountered outside more specialist source collections.
     "Those who come to this volume without previous instruction will find much to entertain them, students with teachers to guide them through the maze of mirrors (and Harvey’s running introductions point the way) will find here a useful base for discussion, and scholars who come with an open mind will be glad to have been reminded of a few items they may have forgotten and perhaps to stumble across items previously unnoticed."
     —Tom Hilliard, Macquarie University, in The Classical Review

 

About the Author:

Brian K. Harvey is Associate Professor of Classics, Kent State University.

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