Ancient World Readings in Social and Cultural History

ISBN-10: 0131930400

ISBN-13: 9780131930407

Edition: 3rd 2006

Authors: D. Brendan Nagle, Stanley Burstein

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This collection of scholarly readings focuses on the social and cultural history of the Ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome, and is designed to encourage readers to examine issues pertaining to a broad range of themes by analyzing selections from history.Covering a wide variety of social and cultural concernsranging from marriage, family, war, and religion, to political culture, slavery and entertainmentthe selected readings are arranged by subject within a general chronological framework, providing a broad overview of life in the Ancient World. This volume is the companion reader to NaglesThe Ancient World: A Social and Cultural History, 6/e.A must-have collection of readings for anyone interested in ancient culture, history, and civilization.
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List price: $64.40
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Temples and Priests
Flood Stories
The Flood in The Epic of Gilgamesb
The Flood in Genesis
Divinity and Its Limitations
The Gods in Their Temples: a Sacred Marriage Drama
Sacred Prostitution
Covenant and Consequences
Hear O Israel! The Shema
The Covenant as a Marriage Contract: Hosea
The Call of the Prophet
Prophets and Palaces: Jeremiah Confronts the King
"I Will Be With Him in Trouble": Personal Religion and Piety
Empire, Exile, and Monotheism
The Great Hymn to the Aten
Yahweh: The Lord of History
Tombs and Immortality
Book Writing: A New Form of Immortality
Caught in the Act: Ancient Egyptian Tomb Robbers
Palaces and Kings
Loyalty to the King: the Egyptian Theory of Government
But if Pharaoh Fails...?
Women in Power
Ku Baba
Zakutu, Wife of Sennacherib
A Critique of Kingship: the Negative View of Samuel
War and Warfare
Sumerian Intercity Wars: Umma versus Lagash
Sargon of Akkad: The Idea of Empire
Egyptian Imperialism and Terror
Assyrian Use of Terror
The Fall of Jerusalem
The Horrors of Siege
POWs and MIAs
"A Palace of Cedar, Cypress, Juniper...and Tamarisk": Builders As Well As Destroyers
An Imperial Coup D'etat: The Behistun Inscription of Darius I
"That the Strong Might Not Oppress the Weak, and That They Should Give Justice to Orphans and Widows"
Hammurapi's Justice
"To Fill the Vast Land with a Plenitude of Food and Lasting Happiness: The Characteristics of a Perfect Kingship"
The Justice of the Pharaoh
"They Carry the Sheaves, but Still Go Hungry; They Tread the Winepresses, yet Suffer Thirst"
A Model Persian Governor: Cyrus the Younger (ca. 400 B.C.)
Daily Life
Marriage and Property
Marriage and Children
Laws Regarding Sex
Disputes, Litigation, Punishment
Runaway Slaves
Crime and Punishment
Conducting Business
Papyruslansing: A Bureaucrat's View of Life
"Wash and Perfume Yourself and Put on Your Best Clothes"
The Origin and Spread of the Polis System
A Greek Definition of the Polis
Greek Life in the Eighth Century B.C. 1: "The Shield of Achilles"
Greek Life in the Eighth Century B.C. 2: Hesiod's Works and Days
Colonization and the Expansion of the Polis System: The Case of Cyrene
Herodotus' Account
Oath of the Colonists
Greeks and Non-Greeks in the Greek Colonies: The Foundation of Lampsacus
Greeks and Scythians in the Black Sea: Coexistence and Interaction
Warfare and the Polis
The Aristocratic Warrior
The Warrior Ideal
The Warrior and Society: The Drinking Song of Hybrias
The Hoplite Revolution and the Citizen Soldier
The Reality of Battle
A Good Citizen: Tellus of Athens
Only Farmers Can Be Good Citizens
The Hoplite Polis: Sparta
Heroic Athletics: The Chariot Race at Patroclus' Funeral Games
An Athletic Dynasty: The Diagorids of Rhodes
Athletics and the Polis: A Philosophical Critique
The Crisis of the Archaic Polis
Aspects of Aristocratic Life at its Peak
A Fine Symposium: Xenophanes
The Life of an Aristocrat: Alcaeus
When You Are "Repulsive to Boys and a Laughingstock to Women": Mimnermus on Old Age
A Woman's View of Aristocratic Life: Sappho's "To Anactoria"
The Crisis of the Aristocracy 1: The Laments of Theognis
Portrait of a Vulgar Upstart: Anacreon
The Crisis of the Aristocracy 2: Corinth
The Crisis of the Aristocracy 3: Athens
Husbands, Wives, and Slaves: The Domestic Foundations of the Polis
The Education of a Wife
The Short Sad Life of a Good Woman: The Epitaph of Sokratea of Paros
If Only We Could Reproduce Without Women...!
Slaves: The Best and Most Necessary of Possessions
"We Have Mistresses for Our Pleasure": Sex and Slavery in the Oikos
Freedom and Its Problems: The Life of Neaera
How to Become a Slave: Be in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time
The Slave Trade: A Eunuch's Revenge
Empire and Democracy: The Classical Polis
The Golden Age: A Greek View
The Persian Empire and the Greek Worldview
Greeks Are Newcomers Compared to the Egyptians
All Customs Are Relative
The Athenian Empire: Origins and Structure
Imperial Democracy: A Critical View
Athens and Her Subjects: The Case of Erythrae
Imperial Democracy: A Favorable view-Pericles' Funeral Oration (Selections)
The Plague at Athens (430-429 B.C.)
War and Politics: The Case of Corcyra
"War Is a Hard Master": the Melian Dialogue
Religion in the Classical Polis: The Affair of the Herms
The Demos Must be Pure: Athenian Law on Teachers and Their Students
Defeat and Hard Times: Athens After the Peloponnesian War
Personal Religion in Classical Greece: The Case of Xenophon
The Hellenistic Age
Alexander the Great: Two Contrasting Views
An Idealistic View
A Jaundiced View of Alexander's Conquests and Their Results
Alexandria and the Colonial World of Hellenistic Egypt
A Hellenistic Metropolis: Alexandria in Egypt
Middle-Class Life in Hellenistic Alexandria
"Take Particular Care That No Fraud Occur": The Ideal of Honest and Efficient Administration
Administrative Oppression in Ptolemaic Egypt: The Amnesty of 118 B.C.
Culture Contact, Culture Clash: Religion and Society in the Hellenistic World
The Origin of Sarapis
The Praises of Isis, Mistress of the Universe and Creator of Civilization
How Sarapis Came to Delos: The Family of Apollonios, Priest of Sarapis
Culture Clash: Jewish Resistance to Hellenism and the Origins of Hanukkah
Jewish Life in the Diaspora: The Synagogue
The Synagogue of Alexandria
Moses Ordains the Sabbath Ritual
"Ptolemy is a Good Paymaster": Opportunities and Social Roles in the Hellenistic Period
An Athenian Boy Makes Good: The Life of Kallias, Ptolemaic Governor of Halicarnassus (Athens, 270-269 B.C.)
The Dangerous Life of a Soldier of Fortune
Recommendation for a Government Job (Egypt, 255 B.C.)
A Woman in Politics: Phyle, Wife of Thessalos (Priene, First Century B.C.)
A Woman Philosopher: The Life of Hipparchia
A Professional Woman: Phanostrate, Midwife and Doctor (Athens, Fourth Century B.C.)
A Professional Woman: The Theban Harpist Polygnota, Danghter of Socrates (Delphi, 86 B.C.)
The Romance of Prince Antiochus and Queen Stratonice
The Marriage Contract of Heracleides and Demetria (311 B.C.)
Political Culture of the Roman Republic
Order and Liberty: The Monarchy and the Republic
The Importance of Concord: Secession and Concession
Values That Made Rome Great
"All Things Went Well When We Obeyed the Gods, but Badly When We Disobeyed Them": The Speech of Camillus
The Glory of Rome Before All Else: Mucius Scaevola
"The Laws of War and Peace": The Schoolmaster of Falerii
Fame, Family, and Self-Promotion: The Roman Funeral
Money-Making, Religion, Bribery
Getting Elected: Techniques for the Candidate
War and Warfare
The Enemy: A Roman View
Celtic Ferocity
The Samnite Enemy
Roman Ferocity: "Decius...Summoning and Dragging to Himself the Army Devoted Along With Him"
Steadiness of the Romans: How They Coped with Defeat
The Complexities of War: Foreign and Domestic Issues
The Sack of Carthage
The Triumphal Parade of Aemilius Paullus
War as Personal Vengeance
Society and Culture in the Republic
"Secret Rites Performed at Night": The Bacchanalian Conspiracy
Patricians and Plebeians: Patrons and Clients
Patria Potestas and Materna Auctoritas: The Power of Fathers and Mothers Over Their Children
Marriage: Legalities and Realities
The Rape of Chiomara
"A Wife Without a Dowry is Under Her Husband's Thumb"
"Sell Worn-Out Oxen...Old and Sick Slaves"
Economics of Farming
The Roman Revolution
"Greed, Unlimited and Unrestrained, Corrupted and Destroyed Everything"
Social and Economic Conditions: The Gracchi
Politicians and Generals Out of Control
Social and Cultural Changes
"The Beginnings of Foreign Luxury"
"He Mocked all Greek Culture and Learning"
In Defense of Public Service
Cicero on the Decadence of the Roman Elite
Women of the Late Republic: Standing Up to the Triumvirs
The Augustan Settlement
The Reforms of Augustus
Reaction to Augustus' Moral Reforms
The Roman Peace
"They Make a Desert and Call it Peace": A View of Rome from the Provinces
Foreigners in the Roman Army
The Alternative: "If the Romans are Driven Out What Else Can There Be Except Wars Among All These Nations?"
A Roman View of Foreign Competition
"Nations by the Thousands...Serve the Masters of the Entire World": What Held the Roman Empire Together
Making it at Rome
The Career of an Emperor: Septimius Severus
A Celt Makes Good
Making It in the Ranks
Provincial Administration: Hands-On Style
Getting Along Together: The Role of Citizenship
The Role of Law
Society and Culture in the Roman Empire
Obligations of the Rich
Imperial Obligations
Religions and Moralities
Civic Religion
The Ideology of Paganism
The Divine Emperor
Rural Religions and Superstitions
A Holy Man Stops a Plague at Ephesus
Jesus of Nazareth
Paul of Tarsus
Christian Practice
Pliny's Encounter with Christianity
Rabbinic Judaism
Judaism of the Diaspora
Prologue to the Wisdom of Jesus the Son of Sirach
"The Mishnah Is the Holy One's Mystery"
Divination, Astrology, Magic
"Will Her Lover Outlive Her?"
"Thumbs Down Indicates Approval"
Moral Behavior
Moral Relativism
Moral Dogmatism
Daily Life in the Roman Empire
Peasant Life
City Life
How the Urban Lower Classes Coped
Upper Classes: Technology and the Good Life
Leisure: Gymnasia, the Baths, the Circus, the Arena
Daily Life as Seen Through the Law Codes
"If, While Several Persons Are Playing Ball..."
"Wolves Carried Away Some Hogs..."
Family Life
An Affectionate Paterfamilias
A Satirist's View of Marriage
A Moralist's View of Marriage
An Affectionate Marriage
An Epitaph for a Wife
Friendship Among Wives: A Birthday Invitation
Epitaphs for Children
Christian Marriage: Paul's View
Abortion and Infanticide
The Transformed Empire
"Now Declining Into Old Age": A Review of Roman History From a Late-Empire Viewpoint
New Founders of Rome: Diocletian and Constantine
Constantine and Christianity
The Majesty of Emperors: Desires and Realities
The Entry of Constantius into Rome: A.D. 357
The Emperor, the Truth, and Corruption
The Emperor and the Barbarians
Christianity, Rome, and Classical Culture
A Different Vision
Organization and Ideology
The Pagan Response
When the Shoe Was on the Other Foot
The Hellenization and Romanization of Christianity
Faith and Syllogisms
Justin Martyr: "Christianity Is the True Philosophy"
The Fall of Rome
Late Antiquity: The World of the Abrahamic Religions
The Conversion of a Barbarian King
Byzantine Grandeur: The Church of Holy Wisdom, Hagia Sophia
The Splendor of the Byzantine Court
Augustine's Two Cities: The City of God and the City of Man
"There are Two Powers by Which This World Is Ruled"
The Quran: The Sacred Scriptures of Islam
The Five Pillars of Islam
Abraham: The First Muslim
The People of the Book
Jihad: The Sixth Pillar of Islam
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