Sources of Western Society, Volume I: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment

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  • Copyright: 2010-10-13
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This primary source collection provides a diverse selection of sources to accompany each chapter ofA History of Western Society, Tenth Edition. Each chapter contains at least five sources that present history from the viewpoints of well-known and ordinary individuals alike. Now with 19 visual sources and 30% more documents, this edition offers great breadth and depth in its sources. To foster lively comparative debates, a new "Viewpoints" feature in each chapter highlights two or three documents that address the same topic from different perspectives.

Table of Contents

Origins, ca. 400,000-1100 B.C.E.
A Mesopotamian Creation Myth, ca. 2000-1000 B.C.E.
The Epic of Gilgamesh, ca. 2750 B.C.E.
The Code of Hammurabi, ca. 1780 B.C.E.
The Egyptian Book of the Dead: The Declaration of Innocence, ca. 2100-1800 B.C.E.
Viewpoints: Kings and Gods
Akhenaten, The Hymn to the Aten, ca. 1350 B.C.E.
Sacred Kingship: Set, Rameses II, and Horus, ca. 1244 B.C.E.
Comparative Questions
Small Kingdoms and Mighty Empires in the Near East ca. 1100-513 B.C.E.
Book of Genesis: The Hebrews Explain Creation, ca. 950-450 B.C.E.
Exodus and Deuteronomy: The Hebrew Law and Covenant, ca. 950-450 B.C.E.
Book of 2 Kings: Jerusalem Saved, 701 B.C.E.
Viewpoints: The Legacy of Cyrus
Cyrus of Persia, Ruling an Empire, ca. 550 B.C.E
Book of Isaiah: Blessings for Cyrus, ca. 550 B.C.E
Zoroaster, Gatha 30: Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds, ca. 600 B.C.E.
Comparative Questions
The Development of Classical Greece, ca. 2000-338 B.C.E.
Homer, The Odyssey: Odysseus and the Sirens, ca. 800 B.C.E.
Hesiod, Works and Days, ca. 800 B.C.E.
Archilochus of Paros, Sappho of Lesbos, Anacreon of Teos, Lyric Poems, ca. 700-450 B.C.E.
Viewpoints: Political Philosophy
Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War: Pericles' Funeral Oration, ca. 400 B.C.E.
Plato, The Republic: The Allegory of the Cave, ca. 360 B.C.E.
Aristotle, Politics: Democracy, ca. 340 B.C.E.
Comparative Questions
The Hellenistic World, 336-30 B.C.E.
On the Burial of Alexander and Hephaestion: Ephippus of Olynthus Remembers Alexander the Great, ca. 323 B.C.E.
Religious and Political Mixing: The Ptolemies of Egypt, ca. 270-246 B.C.E.
Viewpoints: Living the Good Life
Diogenes Laertius, The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers: Diogenes of Sinope, ca. 300-200 B.C.E.
Epicurus, The Principal Doctrines of Epicureanism, ca. 306 B.C.E.
Epictetus, Encheiridion, or The Manual, ca. 100 C.E.
The Maccabee Revolt, ca. 175 B.C.E.
Comparative Questions
The Rise of Rome, ca. 750-31 B.C.E.
Livy, The Rape of Lucretia, ca. 27-25 B.C.E.
A Roman Wedding, ca. 160 C.E.
Manumissions of Hellenistic Slaves: The Process of Freedom, ca. 167-101 B.C.E.
Seneca, The Sounds of a Roman Bath, ca. 50 C.E.
Viewpoints: Political Unrest in Rome
Appian of Alexandria, The Civil Wars, ca. 100 C.E.
Plutarch, On Julius Caesar, a Man of Unlimited Ambition, ca. 44 B.C.E.
Comparative Questions
The Pax Romana, 31 B.C.E.-284 C.E.
Viewpoints: Romans and Others
Juvenal, The Third Satire: What Is There to Do in Rome?, ca. 100 C.E.
Tacitus, Germania: Rome Encounters the Noble Savages, ca. 100 C.E.
Apuleius, The Golden Ass: The Veneration of Isis, ca. 170 C.E.
The Gospel According to Matthew: The Sermon on the Mount, 28 C.E.
The Alexamenos Graffito, ca. 100 C.E.
Comparative Questions
Late Antiquity, 250-600
Saint Ambrose of Milan, Emperor Theodosius Brought to Heel, 390
Saint Benedict of Nursia, The Rule of Saint Benedict, 529
Saint Augustine, City of God: The Two Cities, 413-426
Gregory of Tours, The History of the Franks, 594
Viewpoints: The Character of an Emperor
Justinian, The Institutes of Justinian, 529-533
Procopius, The Secret History: Justice for Sale, ca. 550
Comparative Questions
Europe in the Early Middle Ages, 600-1000
Ibn Abd-el-Hakem, The Conquest of Spain, ca. 870
Willibald, Saint Boniface Destroys the Oak of Thor, ca. 750
Viewpoints: Religion and Empire
Einhard, Life of Charlemagne, ca. 835
A Russian Chronicle of Religious Competition in Kievan Rus, ca. 1100
The Song of Roland, ca. 1100-1300
Comparative Questions
State and Church in the High Middle Ages, 1000-1300
Viewpoints: Imperial Representations
Otto III of the Holy Roman Empire, ca. 1000
Otto IV and Innocent III, ca. 1209
Anglo-Saxon Chronicle: William the Conqueror and the Domesday Book, 1086
King John of England, From Magna Carta: The Great Charter of Liberties, 1215
Pope Gregory VII and Emperor Henry IV, Mutual Recriminations: The Investiture Controversy Begins, 1076
Robert the Monk of Rheims, Urban II at the Council of Clermont: A Call for Crusade, ca. 1120
Anna Comnena, The Alexiad, ca. 1148
Comparative Questions
The Life of the People in the High Middle Ages, 1000-1300
Manorial Records of Bernehorne, 1307
On Laborers: A Dialogue Between Teacher and Student, ca. 1000
Viewpoints: Christians, Jews, and Muslims In Contact
Fulcher of Chartres, Christians Far from Home, ca. 1100
Usamah Ibn Munqidh, Observations on the Franks, ca. 1175
Benjamin of Tudela, A Jewish Travel Journal, ca. 1173
Duke William of Aquitaine, On the Foundation of Cluny, 909
Comparative Questions
The Creativity and Challenges of Medieval Cities, 1100-1300
Viewpoints: Living and Working in A Medieval City
The Charter of the Laon Commune, 1328
The Ordinances of London's Leatherworkers, 1346
The Commune of Florence, A Sumptuary Law: Restrictions on Dress, 1373
Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica: Proof of the Existence of God, 1268
Marie de France, The Nightingale, ca. 1200
Comparative Questions
The Crisis of the Later Middle Ages, 1300-1450
Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron: The Plague Hits Florence, ca. 1350
The Anonimalle Chronicle: The English Peasants' Revolt, 1381
Petrarca-Meister, The Social Order, ca. 1500
Jean Froissart, The Sack of Limoges: On Warfare Without Chivalry, ca. 1400
Viewpoints: Women and Power
Catherine of Siena, Letter to Gregory XI, 1372
Joan of Arc, Letter to the English, 1431
Comparative Questions
European Society in the Age of the Renaissance, 1350-1550
Petrarch, Letter to Livy, ca. 1350
Viewpoints: The Renaissance State
Leonardo Bruni, Panegyric to Florence, ca. 1403
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince: Power Politics During the Italian Renaissance, 1513
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