Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History is an indispensable guide for students and teachers to using ancient documents in their work.Roger S. Bagnall shows how historians can put together information from scattered and often badly damaged documents to build up a picture of the society, economy and culture of the multicultural world of antiquity. Through discussion of contemporary historical work on the documents, he scrutinises alternative ways of approaching these sources. He also demonstrates how the ancient historian can bring to the texts methodologies of anthropology, comparative history and statistics alongside more traditional tools to illuminate the everyday lives of ordinary people in antiquity.
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