Sources for Ancient History

Author: Emilio Gabba
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521289580
Category: History
Page: 238
View: 2397
If a scholar wishes to create a picture of a topical society in all its aspects, there is little of what he needs to know that he cannot know, although there may still be much that he cannot understand. For the history of Greece and Rome, there is a great deal that is simply unknowable. From the end of the archaic age of Greece, there is an unbroken sequence of works by Greek and, later, Roman historians down to the end of antiquity. Their vision and range of interest were often limited and much of what they produced has been lost. Some help may be derived from the documentary material supplied in antiquity, material that was the product of officials organising public activities, or heads of families organising their affairs, or individuals leaving their mark on the world. Beyond this, the evidence of archaeology and numismatics may also be helpful. The four essays in this book set out to characterise the nature of the ancient literary tradition, the inscriptional material, the archaeological and numismatic evidence and to explain how and for what purposes they may be used.

Primary Sources for Ancient History

Volume I: The Ancient Near East and Greece
Author: Gary Forsythe
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
ISBN: 148095425X
Category: History
Page: 418
View: 348
Primary Sources for Ancient History: Volume I: The Ancient Near East and Greece By: Gary Forsythe Despite being condensed into neat identities of the Near East and Greece, these two titles cover a wide-ranging period of time, peoples, lands, and philosophies. Indeed, at first glance these peoples might have nothing in common except for their profound impact on our own world. In these comprehensive readings, however, we understand how all people struggled to define their relationship with their rulers, their gods, and their neighbors. Primary Sources for Ancient History, Volume I: The Ancient Near East and Greece is a comprehensive selection of ancient writings to supplement a narrative history. Beginning with the Old Babylonian Kingdom of nearly four millennia ago and moving chronologically and geographically to the Egyptian Pharaohs, the dispossessed Jewish nations, the fractured city-kingdoms of Ancient Greece, to end with Alexander’s domination of the known world, this book is comprehensive in scope. Every major period and people has at least one reading. From the Law Code of Hammurabi engraved on a stone pillar to scraps of Greek poetry, from Babylonia epics to tallies of food at religious festivals, these readings allow the personalities and actions of tyrants, philosophers, poets, and gods to take center stage. The same events and leaders can be seen through different peoples and viewpoints, giving a rich perspective. The Ancient Near East and Greece is a valuable resource for understanding the forces - religious, political, and cultural - that have developed the modern world.

Ancient Near East

Historical Sources in Translation
Author: Mark W. Chavalas
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 0631235817
Category: History
Page: 468
View: 7833
This book presents new translations of Mesopotamian and ancient Near Eastern historiographic texts, providing the reader with the primary sources for the history of the ancient Near East. A primary source book presenting new translations of Mesopotamian and ancient Near Eastern historiographic texts, and other related materials. Helps readers to understand the historical context of the Near East. Covers the period from the earliest historical and literary texts (c.2700 B.C.) to the latest Hellenistic historians who comment on ancient Near Eastern history (c.250 B.C.) Texts range from the code of Hammurabi to the Assyrian royal inscriptions. A detailed commentary is provided on each text, placing it in its historical and cultural context. Maps, illustrations and a chronological table help to orientate the reader.

History and Sources of Law in Ancient India

Author: Chakradhar Jha
Publisher: South Asia Books
Category: Law
Page: 233
View: 5372

Epigraphic Evidence

Ancient History From Inscriptions
Author: John Bodel
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134819242
Category: History
Page: 272
View: 3849
Epigraphic Evidence is an accessible guide to the responsible use of Greek and Latin inscriptions as sources for ancient history. It introduces the types of historical information supplied by inscriptional texts and the methods with which they can be used. It outlines the limitations as well as the advantages of the different types of evidence covered. Epigraphic Evidence includes a general introduction, a guide to the arrangement of the standard corpora inscriptions and individual chapters on local languages and native cultures, epitaphs and the ancient economy amongst others.

The Historians and Sources of History of Rajasthan

Author: Gopi Nath Sharma,V. S. Bhatnagar
Publisher: N.A
Category: Rajasthan (India)
Page: 187
View: 1601

The Sources of Roman Law

Problems and Methods for Ancient Historians
Author: O. F. Robinson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134877765
Category: History
Page: 168
View: 8463
The notion and understanding of law penetrated society in Ancient Rome to a degree unparalleled in modern times. The poet Juvenal, for instance, described the virtuous man as a good soldier, faithful guardian, incorruptible judge and honest witness. This book is concerned with four central questions: Who made the law? Where did a Roman go to discover what the law was? How has the law survived to be known to us today? And what procedures were there for putting the law into effect? In The Sources of Roman Law, the origins of law and their relative weight are described in the light of developing Roman history. This is a topic that appeals to a wide range of readers: the law student will find illumination for the study of the substantive law; the student of history will be guided into an appreciation of what Roman law means as well as its value for the understanding and interpretation of Roman history. Both will find invaluable the description of how the sources have survived to inform our legal system and pose their problems for us.

The Historians of Ancient Rome

An Anthology of the Major Writings
Author: Ronald Mellor
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136222618
Category: History
Page: 616
View: 3205
The Historians of Ancient Rome is the most comprehensive collection of ancient sources for Roman history available in a single English volume. After a general introduction on Roman historical writing, extensive passages from more than a dozen Greek and Roman historians and biographers trace the history of Rome over more than a thousand years: from the city’s foundation by Romulus in 753 B.C.E. (Livy) to Constantine’s edict of toleration for Christianity (313 C.E.) Selections include many of the high points of Rome’s climb to world domination: the defeat of Hannibal; the conquest of Greece and the eastern Mediterranean; the defeat of the Catilinarian conspirators; Caesar’s conquest of Gaul; Antony and Cleopatra; the establishment of the Empire by Caesar Augustus; and the "Roman Peace" under Hadrian and long excepts from Tacitus record the horrors of the reigns of Tiberius and Nero. The book is intended both for undergraduate courses in Roman history and for the general reader interested in approaching the Romans through the original historical sources. Hence, excerpts of Polybius, Livy, and Tacitus are extensive enough to be read with pleasure as an exciting narrative. Now in its third edition, changes to this thoroughly revised volume include a new timeline, translations of several key inscriptions such as the Twelve Tables, and additional readings. This is a book which no student of Roman history should be without.

История в девяти книгах

Author: Геродот,Георгий Андреевич Стратановский,Сергей Львович Утченко
Publisher: N.A
Category: Greece
Page: 599
View: 7776

Sources for Alexander the Great

An Analysis of Plutarch's 'Life' and Arrian's 'Anabasis Alexandrou'
Author: Nicholas Geoffrey Lemprière Hammond
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521432641
Category: History
Page: 345
View: 6429
This 1993 book attempts to analyse and evaluate in detail the sources of information that the ancient writers Plutarch and Arrian drew on.

A Critical History of Early Rome

From Prehistory to the First Punic War
Author: Gary Forsythe
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520249912
Category: History
Page: 400
View: 1281
Traces the history of early Rome, covering such topics as religion, language, and culture.

Librarianship and Library Science in India

An Outline of Historical Perspectives
Author: Mohamed Taher
Publisher: Concept Publishing Company
ISBN: 9788170225249
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 240
View: 5524

Искусство войны

Author: Сунь Цзы
Publisher: Рипол Классик
ISBN: 5458457625
Category: History
Page: N.A
View: 7107
Трактат Сунь-цзы оказал принципиальное влияние на все военное искусство Востока. Будучи первым из всех трактатов по военному искусству, и, при этом, содержащий четко выраженные общие принципы как стратегии, так и тактики, трактат Сунь-цзы постоянно цитируется военными теоретиками Китая, от У-цзы и до Мао-цзе-дуна. Особое место в военно-теоретической литературе Востока занимают комментарии к Сунь-цзы, из которых первые появились еще в эпоху Хань (206 г. до н. э. - 220 г. н. э. ), а новые продолжают создаваться по сей день. Хотя сам Сунь-цзы и не заботился о сопровождении своего трактата примерами и пояснениями, поколения комментаторов обеспечили нас огромным количеством эпизодов из китайской и японской военной истории, иллюстрирующих его положения.

Ancient Rome

A Military and Political History
Author: Christopher S. Mackay
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521809184
Category: History
Page: 395
View: 4889
Traces the political and military history of Roman Republic and Empire, from the Italian Iron Age to the last emperor in 476 A.D., examining the link between political institutions and military campaigns, the rise of Christianity, the eventual downfall of the western empire, and other key topics.

Sources of Western Zhou History

Inscribed Bronze Vessels
Author: Edward L. Shaughnessy
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520910225
Category: Social Science
Page: 312
View: 7251
The thousands of ritual bronze vessels discovered by China's archaeologists serve as the major documentary source for the Western Zhou dynasty (1045-771 B.C.). These vessels contain long inscriptions full of detail on subjects as diverse as the military history of the period, the bureaucratic structure of the royal court, and lawsuits among the gentry. Moreover, being cast in bronze, the inscriptions preserve exactly the contemporary script and language. Shaughnessy has written a meticulous and detailed work on the historiography and interpretation of these objects. By demonstrating how the inscriptions are read and interpreted, Shaughnessy makes accessible in English some of the most important evidence about life in ancient China.

Ancient Indian History and Civilization

Author: Sailendra Nath Sen
Publisher: New Age International
ISBN: 9788122411980
Category: India
Page: 668
View: 7487
A Single-Volume Study Of Ancient Indian History Delineating The Various Facets, Both Political And Cultural, And Incorporating The Fruits Of Recent Researches That Have Abundantly Appeared Since 1950, Has Not Been Attempted Before. Author Has Tried To Maintain A Delicate Balance Between Political History And Social, Economic And Cultural History Of Ancient India.The Book Covers The Pre-Historic India, The Vedic Age, The Post-Vedic Civilization, North India In The Sixth Century B.C. It Also Explains New Religious Movements And Their Socio-Economic Background, Maurya Age, Political Disintegration And Foreign Invasions. The Gupta Empire, The Prominence Of North Under Harshavardhana And Its Eclipse, Bengal Under The Palas And The Senas, Dynasties Of North India, Arabs And Turks In India, Indias Intercourse With The Outside World, Have Been Discussed In Depth.History Of Deccan And South India, Hitherto Not Given Due Weightage And Culture And Civilization Of Ancient India In All Its Variegated Hues, Have Received Due Attention. Some New Topics Like Espionage, Slavery, Guilds, Urbanisation, Feudalism And Science And Technology In Ancient India, Have Been Incorporated To Make The Book As Uptodate As Possible. Apart From Meeting The Requirements Of Undergraduate And Postgraduate Students Of Indian Universities, The Book Will Serve As A Useful Guide To Candidates For Civil Service Examination (Both Preliminary And Main).

Problems in the History of Ancient Greece

Sources and Interpretation
Author: Donald Kagan,Gregory F. Viggiano
Publisher: Pearson College Division
Category: History
Page: 389
View: 5269
This collection of contested problems in the history of Ancient Greece aims to enhance and deepen the experience of any student. Each chapter within Problems in the History of Ancient Greece is a self-contained unit that presents a key problem of continuing interest among historians. In each case there is a selection of pertinent ancient sources in translation, with a number of modern viewpoints also presented. In this way, students may experience the nature of weighing and evaluating sources; the problem of posing mean­ingful and enlightening questions; the need to change hypotheses in the light of new evidence or new insights; and the necessity, in some cases, of suspending judgment. Note: The problems selected for this collection span the chronological period usually covered in ancient Greek courses. Second, they were selected because they have been the subject of relatively recent study. Finally, they are meant to be sufficiently varied in topic and approach; in order to expose the student to a variety of historical methods and techniques.

The Emperor Nero

A Guide to the Ancient Sources
Author: Anthony A. Barrett,Elaine Fantham,John C. Yardley
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400881102
Category: History
Page: 336
View: 8026
Nero's reign (AD 54–68) witnessed some of the most memorable events in Roman history, such as the rebellion of Boudica and the first persecution of the Christians—not to mention Nero's murder of his mother, his tyranny and extravagance, and his suicide, which plunged the empire into civil war. The Emperor Nero gathers into a single collection the major sources for Nero's life and rule, providing students of Nero and ancient Rome with the most authoritative and accessible reader there is. The Emperor Nero features clear, contemporary translations of key literary sources along with translations and explanations of representative inscriptions and coins issued under Nero. The informative introduction situates the emperor's reign within the history of the Roman Empire, and the book's concise headnotes to chapters place the source material in historical and biographical context. Passages are accompanied by detailed notes and are organized around events, such as the Great Fire of Rome, or by topic, such as Nero's relationships with his wives. Complex events like the war with Parthia—split up among several chapters in Tacitus's Annals—are brought together in continuous narratives, making this the most comprehensible and user-friendly sourcebook on Nero available. Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.

Sources for the Mutual History of Ghana and the Netherlands

An Annotated Guide to the Dutch Archives Relating to Ghana and West Africa in the Nationaal Archief, 1593-1960s
Author: Michel René Doortmont,Jinna Smit
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004158502
Category: Social Science
Page: 393
View: 7678
Annotated guide to the Dutch archives on Ghana and West Africa in the "Nationaal Archief" offering a comprehensive overview of available sources. Part I: description of archival materials. Part II: historical overview of the Dutch in Ghana and selected themes from Ghana's history. With bibliography and index.

Sources for the History of the School of Nisibis

Author: Adam H. Becker
Publisher: Translated Texts for Historian
ISBN: 9781846311611
Category: History
Page: 217
View: 3546
The Aramaic-speaking Christian community of late antique and early Islamic period Mesopotamia developed a school culture that persisted for several centuries. Not unlike the Rabbinic academies, the East-Syrian schools were innovative as centres of learning where study was formally institutionalized, in contrast to the informal study circles of the past. This school culture played an important role in the early translation of Greek philosophical texts into Arabic in the 'Abbasid period. The most influential and prominent of these schools was the School of Nisibis, and this volume provides an annotated translation of the major sources for the School. A polemical document composed by Simeon of Bet Arsham, a theological enemy of the School, describes the foundation of the School as a significant step in the supposed spread of 'Nestorianism' throughout the Sasanian Empire. The more extensive East-Syrian Cause of the Foundation of the Schools offers a history of learning from God's creation of the world to the time of the text's composition at the School of Nisibis in the late sixth century CE, recasting patriarchal, Israelite, 'pagan' and Christian history as a long series of schools. The last two chapters of the Ecclesiastical History describe the lives of the two most important head exegetes at the School. These sources have never been translated into English and this is the first time that any of them has received close historical, linguistic and thematic analysis.