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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
About the Author:
Brian K. Harvey is Associate Professor of Classics, Kent State University.