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(Approaching the Ancient World) Roger S. Bagnall-Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History -Routledge (1995)

(Approaching the Ancient World) Roger S. Bagnall-Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History -Routledge (1995)

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Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History
 The ancient Mediterranean world brought to us by Herodotus, Thucydides, and Tacitus is one of politics, war, and the power eliteof Greece and Rome. There was another ancient world, in whichordinary people made a living, sold land, ran their towns, andsued one another. This is the world that the papyri bring to life; thisbook is about how they do so.
Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History 
demonstrates howhistorians can put together information from scattered and oftenbadly damaged documents to build up a picture of the society,economy, and culture of the multicultural and multilingual worldof antiquity. Through discussion of contemporary historical workon the documents, Roger Bagnall scrutinizes alternative ways of approaching these sources. He shows how the ancient historiancan use the methodologies of anthropology, comparative history,and statistics alongside more traditional tools to turn these textsinto questions and answers.Students and teachers of ancient history will find
Reading Papyri,
Writing Ancient History 
an indispensable guide to usingthese ancient texts in their own work.
Roger S.Bagnall
is Professor of Classics and History atColumbia University. His other publications include
Egypt in Late Antiquity 
(1993) and
The Demography of Roman Egypt 
Approaching the Ancient World
Series editor: Richard Stoneman The sources for the study of the Greek and Roman world arediffuse, diverse, and often complex, and special training is neededin order to use them to the best advantage in constructing ahistorical picture. The books in this series provide an introduction to the problemsand methods involved in the study of ancient history. The topicscovered will range from the use of literary sources for Greekhistory and for Roman history, through numismatics, epigraphy,and dirt archaeology, to the use of legal evidence and of art andartefacts in chronology. There will also be books on statistical andcomparative method, and on feminist approaches.
The Uses of Greek Mythology
Ken Dowden 
Art, Artefacts, and Chronology in Classical Archaeology
William R.Biers 
Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient HistoryAncient History from Coins
Christopher Howgego Roger S.Bagnall 

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