Roman Letters: History from a Personal Point of View

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Wayne State University Press, 1991 - 338
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What did the Romans say in their letters? How are their letters useful in understanding the ancient world? Addressing these and other questions, Finley Hooper and Matthew Schwartz have compiled a selection of letters from Cicero in the first century B.C. to Cassidorus in the sixth century A.D. The letters, sometimes surprising, occasionally amusing, but always impressive, provide new insights to Roman life.
With sixteen chapters, notable Romans write about themselves and their times, and about personal and public matters. Seneca provides indignant remarks about the behavior of women in Nero's Rome. From his monastic cell in Bethlehem, St. Jerome berates St. Augustine for unkind gossip he may have spread. Some letters give a different perspective to history, while others talk of harvests, marriages, and day-to-day events. The authors have included running commentary for historical continuity as well as brief sketches on the men behind the letters.

 

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Illustrations and Maps
9
Acknowledgments
15
Letters Written for Publication
51
Gentleman and Public Servant
71
Lost Letters Found by Archaeologists
87
Teacher of Emperors
95
Ruling the Church the Roman Way
110
Loyal to the Old Gods
131
Struggling with Himself Satan and Others
206
A Giant of Mind and Faith
232
The Reluctant Bishop
251
Sidonius Apollinaris Champion of a Lost Cause
271
Pope Who Faced Attila
290
Writing Letters for the Goths
304
Notes
321
Bibliography
329

Old Friends Gone Separate Ways
163
Whose Influence Would Prevail?
176

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Informacje o autorze (1991)

Finley Hooper is a Professor Emeritus of history at Wayne State University. A Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, he is the author of Greek Realities and Roman Realities.

Matthew Schwartz, a Ph.D. from Wayne State University, is the author of The Family: Biblical and Psychological Foundations.

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