Ancient Rome: An Anthology of Sources
Editor and Translator: Christopher Francese
Editor and Translator: R. Scott Smith
This book contains writings by twenty-three ancient Roman authors, newly translated and equipped with brief introductions and explanatory notes. It includes some well-known classical works, intriguing texts by lesser-known figures, the words of ordinary people on epitaphs and other inscriptions, and some anonymous graffiti and utilitarian documents. The earliest texts included here, the Laws of the Twelve Tables, date in substance to the 5th century BC, the latest to around AD 250. A number of different genres appear: history, satire, philosophy, poetry, biography, and letters. The subjects range from early Roman legends to political history, slavery, the practice of religion, and many other topics.
Francese, Christopher, and R. Scott Smith, eds. and translators. Ancient Rome: An Anthology of Sources. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2014.