Journals Higher Education



Published: 14 September 2018

640 Pages

7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190849603

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Ancient Roman Civilization: History and Sources

753 BCE to 640 CE

Ralph W. Mathisen

  • Sixty-five diverse primary sources, both textual and visual, that range widely, from Livy and Plutarch to Vergil, the New Testament, and Procopius
  • "A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words": Illustrations of distinctive material artifacts--including buildings, frescoes, pots, and statues--accompanied by brief essays
  • "In Their Own Words": Extended quotations that exemplify each chapter's main themes
  • "History Laboratory": Concise observations on how historians use different methodologies to interpret historical evidence and to debunk pseudoscience
  • "Digging Antiquity": Illustrated features discussing specific archaeological sites, many of which can still be visited today
  • "Mysteries of History": Selections that address puzzling and intriguing aspects of the past
  • "Historical Controversy": Reflections that explore conflicting modern interpretations of ancient phenomena
  • "Cultural Encounters": Selections that pay special attention to the peoples with whom the Romans interacted
  • "Sticky Notes" that focus on modern interpretations of ancient phenomena, present alternative histories, or ask students to consider issues of causality, race, ethnicity, gender, and culture
  • "Looking Back/Looking Ahead" sections summarizing the key takeaways of each chapter and outlining the main points that will be examined in the next chapter