A Source Book of Roman History

A Source Book of Roman History

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A Source Book of Roman History

A Source Book of Roman History

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The extracts in this volume are intended to be used in connection with the text-book. No attempt has been made to tell a continuous story. It has seemed wise to choose a few general topics, and for these to furnish enough material for satisfactory work. It is needless to say that with such a wealth of sources the task of selection has been difficult. Of the passages originally selected for inclusion, less than one-quarter could be printed in this volume.

Easily accessible translations have been used wherever it was possible. In the appendix I have indicated after the name of each author the translation used. Where no name is given, the extracts were translated either by Mr. R. F. Scholz or by myself. In using the translations I have made a few slight changes in wording and punctuation. I have usually retained any important notes given in the translations.

The illustrations are intended merely to suggest that pictures form a very important class of sources. In the appendix brief statements are given as to the provenance and description of these pictures. Most of our text-books are well illustrated, and their pictures should be utilized as far as possible for classroom exercises. No "fancy-pictures" should be so used; only representations of actual remains, of statuary, or of Roman drawings. The students should describe what the picture represents and its historic importance.

The references to secondary works include the most common treatises and text-books; occasionally a foreign work has been . . .

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