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A "How To Do It" Guide,
This review is from: Roman Social History (Classical Foundations) (Paperback)
The writing partnership that is 'Susan Treggiari' both lecture and teach the Social History of the Roman period at college and University levels. They are thus very well placed to advise students (and the rest of us) on the subject. The work is suitably succinct - its intended audience will be far too anxious to get on and 'Do' to spend many hours in reading how to!
The various sections are well designed; I especially liked the section on 'Evidence' with its associated appendix  which lists the best available (at the time of writing) collections and translations of all the Primary sources that will help one's study. I still use it as my 'wish list' of books, though I now appear to have most of them in my own collection.
The case studies are beautifully worked examples on what can (and cannot) be learned from the sources, and the final chapter brims with suggestions on how to 'get out there and do it for yourself'.
An entertaining read, as well as a useful first manual on the subject.