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Sources for the History of Western Civilization, Volume I: From Antiquity to the Mid-Eighteenth Century, Second Edition / Edition 2

Sources for the History of Western Civilization, Volume I: From Antiquity to the Mid-Eighteenth Century, Second Edition / Edition 2

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Sources for the History of Western Civilization is a primary source reader designed specifically to allow undergraduate students to interact with historical documents without unnecessary editorial intervention.

Volume I begins in the second millennium BC with The Descent of Ishtar and ends with Thomas Paine's The Age of Reason. New to this edition are an example for students of how to read a primary source, selections from Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War, additional material from Augustine's Confessions, additional letters from Sidonius Appolinaris and Desiderius Erasmus, and the Code Noir.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442609303
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 719,116
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Michael Burger is an historian of medieval Europe and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Auburn University at Montgomery. He is the author of Bishops, Clerks, and Diocesan in Thirteenth-Century England: Reward and Punishment (2014) and The Shaping of Western Civilization (2013).

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

Introduction for Students

An Example of How to Analyze a Primary Source

1 The Descent of Ishtar

2 The Code of Hammurabi

3 The Enuma Elish

4 Hymn to Aton

5 First Book of Kings, 15–19

6 Book of Job 1–14, 21–24, 38–42

7 Homer, The Iliad

8 Plutarch, Life of Solon

9 Plato, The Symposium

10 Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

Plutarch, Life of Alexander the Great

12 Material Evidence Concerning the Greek World

12.1 Vase (detail) (Sixth Century BC)

12.2 The "Priam Painter," Hydria (c. 520–510 BC)

12.3 Kylix (detail) (c. 520–510 BC)

12.4 Kylix (detail), Attica (c. 490–480 BC)

12.5 Column Krater, Attica (c. 460 BC)

12.6 Funerary Vase (c. 440 BC)

12.7.1 House on Slope of the Areopagus (Fifth Century BC): Probable Functions of Rooms

12.7.2 House on Slope of the Areopagus (Fifth Century BC): Areas Used by Women and by Men

12.8 Polycleitus, Doryphorus (c. 440–435 BC)

12.9 Caryatid from the Erectheum, Athens (Roman copy; original late Fifth Century BC)

12.10 Praxiteles, Aphrodite of Cnidos (c. 350 BC)

12.11 Praxiteles, Hermes (c. 325 BC)

12.12 Crouching Aphrodite (Hellenistic)

12.13 Gaul (with His Wife) Killing Himself (c. 230–220 BC)

12.14 The Pharaoh Sesostris I (?) (Egypt, Second Millennium BC)

12.15 Queen Arsinoë II (Egypt, c. 210 BC)

12.16 Queen Cleopatra (II?) (Egypt, c. 170 BC)

12.17 Agesander, Athenodorus, and Polydorus of Rhodes, Lacoön and His Sons (c. 125 BC)

12.18 Market Woman (First Century BC)

13 Vergil, The Aeneid

14 Augustus, The Deeds of the Divine Augustus

15 Pliny the Younger, Letters

15.1 To Junius Mauricus

15.2 To Acilius

15.3 To Trajan

15.4 Trajan's Reply

15.5 To Trajan

15.6 To Trajan

15.7 Trajan's Reply

15.8 To Trajan

15.9 Trajan's Reply

16 Inscription From Mactar

17 Book of Matthew 3–9.32

18 John, Book of Revelation 15–20

19 Perpetua and Others, The Martyrdom of Saint Perpetua

20 Augustine, Confessions

21 Tacitus, De Germania

22 Sidonius Apollinaris, Letters

22.1 To Donidius

22.2 To Bishop Lupus

22.3 To Magnus Felix

22.4 To Ecdicius

22.5 To Arbogast

23 Benedict of Nursia, The Rule

24 Einhard, Life of Charlemagne

25 The Dooms of King Alfred

26 Gregory VII, Henry IV, and the German Bishops, Documents

26.1 Gregory VII, The Dictatus Papae

26.2 Letter of Gregory VII to Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor

26.3 Letter of Henry IV to Gregory VII

26.4 Letter of Bishops in Germany to Gregory VII

26.5 First Deposition and Banning of the Emperor Henry IV by Gregory VII

27 Speech of Urban II at the Council of Clermont: Two Accounts

27.1 Account of Fulcher of Chartres

27.2 Account of Robert the Monk

28 Two Letters from Crusaders

28.1 Letter of Anselm of Ribemont to Manasses II, Archbishop of Reims

28.2 Letter from Stephen, Count of Blois, to Adele, His Wife

29 Magna Carta

30 Court Rolls of the Abbots of Ramsey and Battle

30.1 Court Roll of the Abbot of Ramsey for the Manor of Elton

30.2 Court Roll of the Abbot of Battle for the Manor of Brightwaltham

31 Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles

32 Ralph of Shrewsbury, Letter

33 City Officials of Cologne, Letter

34 The Statute of Laborers

35 English Statute of 1363 on Food and Clothing

36 Petrarch, Letters of Familiar Intercourse

36.1 To His Friend Socrates

36.2 To Tomasso da Messina

36.3 To Marcus Tullius Cicero

37 Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

38 Desiderius Erasmus, Letters

38.1 To Anne of Borselle

38.2 To Jacobus Battus

38.3 To Pope Leo X

38.4 To Lambertus Grunnius

38.5 Lambertus Grunnius to Erasmus

38.6 To Cardinal Wolsey

38.7 To Henry Bullock

39 Martin Luther, Letters

39.1 To George Spalatin

39.2 To Paul Speratus

39.3 To George Spalatin

39.4 To Wolfgang Reissenbusch

39.5 To George Spalatin

40 Articles of the Catholic League

41 Michel de Montaigne, Essays

41.1 On Cannibals

41.2 That It Is Folly to Measure Truth and Error by Our Own Capacity

42 The Code Noir

43 John Locke, Second Treatise of Government

44 Isaac Newton, The Principia

45 Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason


Index of Topics

What People are Saying About This

Leah deVun

When I teach critical readings such as Plato's Symposium, Perpetua's Martyrdom, or Machiavelli's The Prince, I want my students to do more than brush the surface. Professors and students who want the challenge of engaging deeply with some of the most influential writers in Western history will find this book indispensable.

Erik Thomson

The new edition provides a convenient collection of complete texts often at the heart of Western Civilization surveys along with more unusual readings.

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