Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History
By (author) Roger S. Bagnall
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Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History by Roger S. Bagnall
Book DescriptionThe 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 History demonstrates 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, Roger Bagnall scrutinises 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 ancient history will find Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History an indispensable guide to using these ancient texts in their own work.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415093774
(216mm x 140mm x 10mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Oct-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Roger S. Bagnall
Encyclopedia of Ancient History, Hardback (November 2012)
This ambitious 13-volume reference work is a comprehensive print and electronic resource for the history of the ancient world. It covers the entire Mediterranean world including the Near East and Egypt and spans the late Bronze Age through the seventh century CE.
Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East, Paperback (April 2012)» View all books by Roger S. Bagnall
Most of the everyday writing from the ancient world - that is, informal writing not intended for a long life or wide public distribution - has perished. This title argues that ordinary people - from Britain to Egypt to Afghanistan - used writing in their daily lives far more extensively than has been recognized.
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