Classics Professor Publishes Anthology of Ancient Rome Sources
UNH Associate Professor R. Scott Smith has teamed up with Professor Christopher Francese of Dickinson College to produce an edited and translated volume of writings by 23 ancient Roman authors. The anthology includes history, satire, philosophy, poetry, biography, and letters that cover a full range of topics in ancient Roman life.
Ancient Rome: An Anthology of Sources
edited and translated, with an introduction, by Christopher Francese and R. Scott Smith
Hackett Publishing Company (March 14, 2014)
"Terrific . . . exactly the sort of collection we have long needed: one offering a wide range of texts, both literary and documentary, and that—with the inclusion of Sulpicia and Perpetua—allows students to hear the voices of actual women from the ancient world. The translations themselves are fluid; the inclusion of long extracts allows students to sink their teeth into material in ways not possible with traditional source books.
"The anonymous texts, inscriptions, and other non-literary material topically arranged in the 'Documentary' section will enable students to see how the documentary evidence supplements or undermines the views advanced in the literary texts. This is a book that should be of great use to anyone teaching a survey of the history of Ancient Rome or a Roman Civilization course. I look forward to teaching with this book which is, I think, the best source book I have seen for the way we teach these days."
—David Potter, University of Michigan
"Eager to be immersed in the richness, diversity, and raw energy of how ancient Romans lived and thought? This most readable anthology is a revealing, seductive page-turner, hard to put down once opened."
—Richard J. Talbert, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"An Impressive and well-chosen selection of key sources for the study of ancient Rome, rendered into lively and engaging English. Together they offer a panorama of republican and imperial life and letters. Highly recommended."
—Nathan Rosenstein, The Ohio State University
This book is available from the publisher and major online retailers.