Ancient Rome: An Anthology of Sources

“Terrific . . . precisely the kind of assortment we've got lengthy wanted: one delivering a variety of texts, either literary and documentary, and that--with the inclusion of Sulpicia and Perpetua--allows scholars to listen to the voices of tangible girls from the traditional international. The translations themselves are fluid; the inclusion of lengthy extracts permits scholars to sink their enamel into fabric in methods impossible with conventional resource books. The nameless texts, inscriptions, and different non-literary fabric topically prepared within the 'Documentary' part will permit scholars to determine how the documentary facts supplementations or undermines the perspectives complicated within the literary texts. this can be a ebook that are meant to be of significant use to someone instructing a survey of the historical past of old Rome or a Roman Civilization direction. i glance ahead to instructing with this publication that is, i feel, the simplest resource ebook i've got obvious for a way we train those days.” --David Potter, college of Michigan

“Eager to be immersed within the richness, variety, and uncooked power of the way historic Romans lived and idea? This such a lot readable anthology is a revealing, seductive page-turner, demanding to place down as soon as opened.” --Richard J. Talbert, The collage of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“An amazing and well-chosen collection of key resources for the examine of historic Rome, rendered into vigorous and fascinating English. jointly they provide a landscape of republican and imperial existence and letters. hugely recommended.” --Nathan Rosenstein, The Ohio country college

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At one point the people even fell into such a quarrel during a military campaign, but even so, they did not employ the weapons at their fingertips. 1 Even then there was no recourse to violence. Instead, they created a public official, called the tribune of the people, to champion their interests generally. But their primary tasks were to curb the power of the consuls, who were chosen from the Senate, and to ensure that their power within the constitution was not unlimited. From that time forward these two magistracies became ever more hostile and antagonistic toward each other, with the Senate and the people taking sides.

See The Accomplishments of the Deified Augustus chs. 4 and 34 in this volume. 13. The rest of chapter 6, which outlines the contents of this book, is omitted here. 6 APPIAN ballooned across the countryside, and there was a severe shortage of military-eligible men in Italy, since they had been worn out by poverty, taxation, and military service. Those that happened to avoid these oppressive conditions would pass the time idly with nothing to do. After all, the land lay in the hands of the wealthy, and they chose to use slaves as workers instead of free men.

Furnius and C. Silanus [17 BC].

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