Ancient Rome: An Anthology of Sources by R. Scott Smith, Christopher Francese

By R. Scott Smith, Christopher Francese

"Terrific . . . precisely the type of assortment now we have lengthy wanted: one delivering quite a lot of texts, either literary and documentary, and that--with the inclusion of Sulpicia and Perpetua--allows scholars to listen to the voices of exact girls from the traditional international. The translations themselves are fluid; the inclusion of lengthy extracts permits scholars to sink their the teeth into fabric in methods impossible with conventional resource books. The nameless texts, inscriptions, and different non-literary fabric topically prepared within the 'Documentary' part will let scholars to work out how the documentary facts vitamins or undermines the perspectives complex within the literary texts. this can be a booklet that are meant to be of serious use to someone instructing a survey of the historical past of old Rome or a Roman Civilization direction. i glance ahead to educating with this booklet that is, i believe, the simplest resource ebook i've got obvious for a way we train those days." --David Potter, collage of Michigan

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Instead, they created a public official, called the tribune of the people, to champion their interests generally. But their primary tasks were to curb the power of the consuls, who were chosen from the Senate, and to ensure that their power within the constitution was not unlimited. From that time forward these two magistracies became ever more hostile and antagonistic toward each other, with the Senate and the people taking sides. Each believed that they could dominate the other by increasing the powers of their own magistrate.

Arming themselves with clubs and daggers that they took from travelers, they took refuge on Mount Vesuvius. They were joined by fugitive slaves and a few free men from the countryside and began raiding the nearby areas under the leadership of Oenomaus and Krixus, once gladiators, now Spartacus’ lieutenants. Since he divided the spoils equally among all his men, Spartacus quickly attracted a great number of men to his side. The first man sent against him was Claudius Glaber, the second, Publius Varinius.

For his part, Spartacus tried to make a break for the Alps in an attempt to join the Celts on the other side by tracking along the Apennine mountains, but one of the consuls anticipated the move and blocked his path, while the other consul pursued him from the rear. But Spartacus turned against them in successive strikes and defeated each in turn. The Romans beat a hasty and confused retreat from the spot. Meanwhile, Spartacus sacrificed 300 Roman prisoners of war as an offering to Krixus’ departed spirit, then marched on Rome with 120,000 infantry.

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