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

Edited by Michael Burger

© 2015

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Western Civilization is a primary source reader designed specifically to allow undergraduate students to interact with historical documents without unnecessary editorial intervention.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

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Western Civilization is a primary source reader designed specifically to allow undergraduate students to interact with historical documents without unnecessary editorial intervention.

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

Edited by Michael Burger

© 2015

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Western Civilization is a primary source reader designed specifically to allow undergraduate students to interact with historical documents without unnecessary editorial intervention.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

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Product Details

  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.6in x 1.2in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    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.
    Leah deVun, Rutgers University

    The new edition provides a convenient collection of complete texts often at the heart of Western Civilization surveys along with more unusual readings.
    Erik Thomson, University of Manitoba
  • Author Information

    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 Governance 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

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