As the Romans Did : A Sourcebook in Roman Social History, Paperback Book
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This is the second edition of a popular and successful sourcebook on Roman social history.

The selections, all in English translations prepared by the author, are drawn from a wide array of documents - letters, manuals, recipes, graffiti, and inscriptions as well as literary sources - and together they offer a fascinating glimpse into family life, housing, entertainment, health, education, religion, and other important topics.

This is a unique introduction to Roman culture, appropriate for courses in ancient Roman history and for general readers interested in ancient history. For the new edition, new selections have been added and bibliographical material has been updated.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages, line drawings
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780195089745



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Provides a comprehensive overview of early imperial roman culture and society, citing ancient sources liberaly. I have found it to be well written and concise.

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This sourcebook covers a wide range of topics in early Roman social history. There is a variety of sources, and only the most relevant information has been included. The sources are placed in context, but the descriptions still allow the reader to form their own conclusions from the material.

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The best sourcebook on Ancient Rome; particularly well-suited as an introduction to Roman society and culture. Allows the reader to learn about the Romans through their own writings.

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This is an excellent book; that is the best way to describe it. The book uses both primary and secondary sources to illuminate the lives, customs, values, and every day workings of a whole world of different Roman people. This book describes how Romans lived, what they loved, their class differences, their gender differences, their social customs, and just… generally who they were. It has sections on bathrooms, sewers, contraception, doctors, state religion, prostitution, war captives, urban dangers… there are hundreds of things, really, and all uniquely fascinating. The best part of this book is the source material, though. In this book, a reader sees Rome through the eyes of a Roman or someone close to the Roman world. Used are such materials as graffiti, letters, tomb inscriptions, in addition to books. It’s a valuable resource for anyone who is studying Roman history.