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World Civilization I - HIST101 - Primary Sources

Primary sources available in the library or on the Internet relevant to World Civilizations up to about 1500

Resources in Library Catalog

eBooks on this list are only available to RVCC students, faculty, and staff and require a login with your G# and password.

Arete : Greek sports from ancient sources

From the informal games of Homer's time to the highly organized contests of the Roman world, Miller has compiled a trove of ancient sources: Plutarch on boxing, Aristotle on the pentathlon, Philostratos on the buying and selling of victories, Vitruvius on literary competitions, and Xenophon on female body building. The book offers readers an absorbing lesson in the culture of Greek athletics from the greatest of teachers, the ancients themselves (eBook).

The government of the Roman Empire : a sourcebook

The Government of the Roman Empire is the only sourcebook to concentrate on the administration of the empire, using the evidence of contemporary writers and historians. With extensive cross-referencing, bibliographies and introductions and explanations for each item, this new edition brings the book right up-to-date, and makes it the ideal resource for students of the subject (eBook).

Resources in Library Databases

Off campus, these resources are available only to RVCC students, staff, and faculty and require a login with your G# and password.

Ancient & Medieval History Online

Perform a keyword search, then select Primary Sources from the tabbed results.

Primary sources

To browse, select Primary Sources and then Ancient Greece: 3300 BCE-30 BCE or Ancient Rome: 800 BCE-500 CE.

Primary Sources       Greece and Rome

ArtStor

The Artstor Digital Library provides access to 2.5+ million images of the world’s cultural heritage, all rights-cleared for use in education. Perform an advanced search to narrow by time period or geographical location.

Resources on the Internet

Avalon ProjectAncient Documents - This collection out of Yale Law School contains documents in law, history, and diplomacy. Browse by date or search from the home page.

Cyark: World Heritage Sites - Explore 3-D images of 200 sites on all seven continents. Cyark was founded in 2003 to digitally record, archive and share the world's most significant cultural heritage and ensure that these places continue to inspire wonder and curiosity for decades to come. Narrow by country or theme using the dropdown menus, or use the date range sliders to choose a beginning and/or ending date.

EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History - Hosted by Brigham Young University, this site brings together links to primary source documents grouped by country or time period.

Hanover Historical Texts Collection: Ancient Greece and Rome - Search from the homepage or browse by time period in this collection created by Hanover College. 

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Greece - A project of Fordham University, this page brings together links to primary sources from all over the Internet.

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Hellenistic World - A project of Fordham University, this page brings together links to primary sources from all over the Internet.

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Late Antiquity - A project of Fordham University, this page brings together links to primary sources from all over the Internet.

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Rome - A project of Fordham University, this page brings together links to primary sources from all over the Internet.

The Internet Classics Archive - Compiled by MIT, this site brings together links to 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors. Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.

Perseus Digital Library: Greek and Roman Materials - From Tufts University, this collection contains translations in English as well as the original language (Greek or Latin). Also contains some secondary sources.

Theoi Texts Library - A collection of translations of ancient Greek and Roman literature, including poetry, drama, and prose, most of which discuss myth.