New PDF release: Ancient Rome - An Anthology of Sources

By R. Scott Smith, Christopher Francese

ISBN-10: 1624660002

ISBN-13: 9781624660009

"Terrific . . . precisely the type of assortment we've 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 ladies 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 work out how the documentary facts vitamins or undermines the perspectives complicated within the literary texts. it is a e-book that are supposed to be of significant use to a person educating a survey of the background of historical Rome or a Roman Civilization direction. i glance ahead to educating with this publication that is, i believe, the easiest resource e-book i've got obvious for a way we train those days." --David Potter, college of Michigan

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As the election drew closer, it became completely clear that the wealthy had put their energies into supporting those candidates that were particularly hostile to Gracchus. Meanwhile, Gracchus saw that things would turn out ugly for him if he was not elected tribune for the following year, and so he called upon the farmers in the fields to come to Rome to vote. But it was summer, and they were busy, so at the last minute he was compelled to make an appeal to the urban population. He made the rounds, begging them to elect him tribune since, after all, he was assuming great risks on their account.

In addition to the Latin original, which is translated here, a Greek paraphrase was included on the inscription in Ancyra, for the benefit of the native Greek-speaking population in the East. The Res Gestae (literally “Things Done”), as the original document is commonly called after its Latin title, contains the information that Augustus wished to be memorialized about his life. As one might expect, it passes lightly over the controversial beginning of his career, his ruthless and bloody rise to power, and his participation in the creation of proscription lists (see Glossary) that marked for death many senators, among them Cicero.

During my fifth consulship [29 BC] I returned 35,000 pounds of crown-gold15 which the townships and colonies in Italy donated for my triumphs; after this, whenever I was hailed as victorious general, I refused to accept the crown-gold whenever townships and colonies voted to donate it as generously as they had before. [22] I presented gladiatorial games three times in my own name, five times in the name of my sons or grandsons; at these games around 10,000 men fought in the arena. 14. A type of general-purpose public building (see Glossary).

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