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Internet Ancient History Sourcebook:
Rome


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Contents


General

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Rome: Major Historians: Complete Texts

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Etruscans

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Roman Foundations

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The Growth of Republican Institutions

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The War with Carthage
  • Herodotus (c.490-c.425 BCE): The Carthaginian Attack on Sicily, 480 BCE [At this Site]
  • Cornelius Nepos (c.99-c.24 BCE): Hannibal, from De Viribus Illustris, trans. J. Thomas, 1995. [At Iowa State]
    The writer of the first surviving biography in Latin.
  • Polybius (c.200-after 118 BCE): The Battle of Cannae, 216 BCE, History, Book III.107 [At this Site]
  • Polybius (c.200-after 118 BCE): The Character of Hannibal, The Histories, Book IX, Chapters 22-26 [At this Site]
  • Polybius (c.200-after 118 BCE): The Third Punic War, 149-146 BCE, The Histories, Book XXXVI-XXXIX [At this Site]
  • 2ND The Punic Wars [Modern account][At Internet Archive, from Reed College]

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Imperial Expansion under the Republic

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Civil Wars and Revolution

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The Principate to 192 CE

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Roman Law

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The Army

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The Empire and Provinces

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Later Empire (after 192 CE)

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Literature

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Art and Architecture

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Education

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Economic Life

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Slavery
  • Slavery in the Roman Republic, excerpts from Plautus, Pseudolus, Act. I, Sc. 2; Cato the Elder, Agriculture, chs. 56-59; Plautus, Menaechmi, Act V, Sc. 4.; and Plutarch, Life of Crassus, viii-xi (on the Spartacus revolt). [At this Site]
  • Texts on Three Slave Revolts
    A. Sicily 136-132 BCE - Diodorus Siculus (wrote 60-30 BCE), Bibliotheke Books 34/35. 2. 1-48; Strabo (64/3 BC- c.21 CE), Geography Book 6. 2. 6-7; Florus, Epitome of Roman History 2. 7. 1-8; Orosius, Histories Book 5. 6
    B. Sicily 104-100 BCE - Diodorus Siculus (wrote 60-30 BCE), Bibliotheke Book 36. 1-11; Florus, Epitome 2. 7. 9-12; Dio Cassius (c.155-235 CE), Roman History Book 27 fragment 101;
    C. The War with Spartacus 73-71 CE - Plutarch, Crassus 8-11; Florus, Epitome 2. 8. 20; Appian, The Civil Wars 1. 111-121; Orosius, Histories 5. 24. 1-8
  • Tacitus (b.56/57-after 117 CE): The Murder of Pedanius Secundus (Annals 14) [At Michigan]
    On the murder of a slave-owner by his slave, possibly because of e-c jealously. The senate addresses whether all the slaves in the house should be killed.
  • 2ND John Madden, Slavery in the Roman Empire Numbers and Origins [At Internet Archive, from Classics Ireland][Modern Account]

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Everyday Life

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Religion
See information on the Olympian Religion under Greek Religion on Greece. For the Roman Mystery Religions, see under Late Antiquity.

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Gender and Sexuality

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Modern Perspectives on Ancient Rome Back to Index
NOTES: Dates of accession of material added since July 1998- be seen in the New Additions page. The date of inception was 4/8/1998. Links to files at other site are indicated by [At some indication of the site name or location]. Locally available texts are marked by [At this Site]. WEB indicates a link to one of small number of high quality web sites which provide either more texts or an especially valuable overview.
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