Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History
The ancient Mediterranean world brought to us by Herodotus, Thucydides and Tacitus is one of politics, war and the power elite of Greece and Rome. There was another ancient world, in which ordinary people made a living, sold land, ran their towns More...
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The ancient Mediterranean world brought to us by Herodotus, Thucydides and Tacitus is one of politics, war and the power elite of Greece and Rome. There was another ancient world, in which ordinary people made a living, sold land, ran their towns and sued one another. This is the world that the papyri bring to life; this book is about how they do so. Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient Historydemonstrates 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 and multilingual world of antiquity. Through discussion of contemporary historical work on the documents, Roger Bagnall scrutinizes alternative ways of approaching these sources. He shows how the ancient historian can use the methodologies of anthropology, comparative history and statistics alongside more traditional tools to turn these texts into questions and answers. Students and teachers of ancienthistory will findReading Papyri, Writing Ancient Historyan indispensable guide to using these ancient texts in their own work.
|The Culture of Papyrus|
|Ancient and Modern Choices in Documentation|
|Particular and General|
|Time and Place|
|Continuity and Renewal|
|Works Cited in the Text and Notes|