How They Lived: An Annotated Tour of Daily Life through History in Primary Sources, 1st Edition

  • Editor: James Ciment
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  • ISBN-10: 1610698967
  • ISBN-13: 9781610698962
  • DDC: 909
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 848 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released April 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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This two-volume work explores daily life across human history through primary sources, making use of this primary source material as well as detailed analysis to help readers understand and use these sources as evidence of how life used to be. The diverse selection of sources includes artifacts, inscriptions, histories, letters, and first-hand accounts, ranging from ancient times to the emergence of modern Europe to the present day. This set makes use of an innovative layout: facing pages contain a primary source selection on the left side, with the introduction and analysis on the right side. This facing-pages layout allows readers to access the text information and the primary source itself without any distracting page-turning. Unlike most other books on history that relay key, momentous events in history and tales regarding kings and generals, aristocrats, and the highly educated, A Day In the Life: Daily Life through World History in Primary Documents includes significant coverage of ordinary people and interesting information about everyday life at all levels of society. As a result, this collection helps close the gap in what students of history are typically exposed to through its presentation of both written documents and images of artifacts.



  • James Ciment

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Ancient Australia: 40,000 BCE–Fourth Millennium BCE.
1: Australian Aboriginal Cave Paintings.
2: Late Paleolithic Mortar and Pestle.
3: Neolithic Arrowhead.
4: Mesolithic Ornamental Club.
5: Beaker Culture Drinking Vessel.
Egypt and the Near East: Fourth Millennium BCE–First Century CE.
6: Egyptian Bronze Age Sickle.
7: Old Kingdom Sculpture of Man Making Beer.
8: Vizier Ptah-Hotep’s Advice on Family Life.
9: Sumerian Administrative Tablet with Cuneiform Script.
10: Egyptian Hymn to the Nile.
11: The Sumerian Flood Myth from the Epic of Gilgamesh.
12: Terracotta Relief of a Babylonian Harp Player.
13: Code of Hammurabi on Property Crime.
14: Medical Strictures from the Code of Hammurabi.
15: Egyptian Wood Lyre.
16: Egyptian Alabaster Canopic Jar.
17: Hymns from the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
18: Model of an Assyrian Home.
19: Clean and Unclean Foods according to the Book of Deuteronomy.
20: Gold Model Chariot from Ancient Persia.
21: Terracotta Figurine of an Egyptian Scribe.
22: Herodotus Describes the Domestic Animals in Egypt.
23: The Egyptian Practice of Embalming.
24: Health and Hygiene in Ancient Egypt.
25: Religious Rituals in the Nile Delta.
26: Phoenician Law Concerning Sacrifices.
27: Persian Customs as Witnessed by Herodotus.
28: Josephus on Jewish Marriage and Family Law.
29: Josephus on Rules of War.
30: Travel and Trade around the Red Sea.
Ancient Asia: Fourth Millennium BCE–Third Century CE.
31: Harappan Seal.
32: Jomon-Period Fukabachi Cup.
33: Bronze Dagger from Shang Dynasty.
34: Shang Dynasty Oracle Bone.
35: Moral Precepts from the Mahabharata.
36: The Laws of Manu on Hindu Women.
37: Mourning for Parents during the Zhou Dynasty.
38: The Arthashastra on an Ideal Mauryan Leader.
39: Bronze Dotaku Ritual Bell.
40: Clay Model of a Han Dynasty House.
41: Tirukural on Renunciation of Flesh.
42: Strabo’s Observations on Urban Life in India.
43: The Instruction of Children in Han China.
44: Ban Zhao on Reverencing the Husband.
45: The Indian Caste System in the Vishnu Purana.
Ancient Greece: 2000 BCE–Second Century BCE.
46: Minoan Boxers Fresco.
47: Minoan Pithoi.
48: Late Bronze Age Copper Oxhide Ingot.
49: A Scene of the Trojan War from the Iliad.
50: Building a Boat in Homer’s Odyssey.
51: Hesiod’s Notes on Farming and Harvesting.
52: Solon’s Legal Reforms for Athens.
53: Education in Solon’s Athens.
54: Ostraka, or Classical Greek Voting Ballots.
55: Bronze Corinthian Helmet.
56: The Essentials of Effective Oratory According to Plato.
57: A Greek Krater Depicting a Potter at Work.
58: Public Works Programs of Pericles.
59: A Military Funeral Procession During the Peloponnesian Wars.
60: Terracotta Greek Theatrical Mask.
61: Funerary Stele from the Athenian Necropolis of Kerameikos.
62: A Description of Spartan Life.
63: Xenophon on Teaching Obedience to Slaves.
64: Xenophon on Managing the Household.
65: Strabo Describes the Wonders of Alexandria.
66: The Importance of Learning Philosophy According to Plutarch.
67: Plutarch’s Views on Physical Education.
68: How to Choose a Teacher in Ancient Greece.
69: Greek Views on the Benefits of Nursing.
70: The Requisite Physical Attributes for Greek Athletes.
Ancient Rome: Second Century BCE-460 CE.
71: A Roman Senator on Living With, and Without, Matrimony.
72: Cato the Elder on Uppity Women.
73: Roman Perfume Vases.
74: Cicero on Professions and Social Status.
75: A Good Roman Father’s Responsibilities.
76: Cato the Elder’s Philosophy on Slave Ownership.
77: Quintilian on How an Orator Should Dress.
78: Recipes from a Roman Cookbook.
79: Seneca’s Advice on Treating the Help Kindly.
80: Buying a Farm in the Country.
81: An Ideal Retirement According to Pliny the Younger.
82: Pliny the Younger on Being Stood Up for Dinner.
83: Pliny the Younger’s Tuscan Villa.
84: Seneca on the Benefits of Fasting.
85: Great Buildings of Rome.
86: Bronze Extraction Forceps.
87: Bronze Sistrum.
88: Portable Terracotta Stove.
89: Scale for Bronze Coins.
90: Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp.
91: Quintilian’s Prescription for Educating a Child.
92: Roman Ivory Dice.
93: Roman Ivory Toiletries.
94: Tasks of the Priests of Jupiter.
95: Juvenal’s View on Urban Life in Rome.
96: Poverty in the Roman Capital City.
97: Pliny the Younger and Trajan Discuss How to Punish Christians.
98: Roman Gladiator Mosaic.
99: Roman Gold Collar with Sardonyx Medallion.
100: Character of Visigoth King Theodoric II.
Byzantine Empire and Russia: Fourth–Mid-Twelfth Century CE.
101: Byzantine Pilgrimage Flask.
102: Digest of Justinian on Fugitive Slaves.
103: The Institutes of Justinian on Marriage.
104: Racing Factions in the Byzantine Capital.
105: A Description of the Rus from the Risala.
106: The Book of the Eparch on Economic Regulation in Constantinople.
107: Icon of Saint Eudocia.
108: Gold Solidus.
109: Illuminated Illustration from Homilies on the Virgin.
110: The Great Fair at Thessalonica.
Islamic World: Seventh–Sixteenth Centuries CE.
111: Heaven and Hell According to the Koran.
112: The Koran on Women and Inheritance.
113: The Sunnah on Charity.
114: The Sunnah on Prayer.
115: The Sunnah on Women and Slaves.
116: Koran Scroll Fragment.
117: Laws Governing Mecca.
118: Al-Khwarizmi on Algebra.
119: Baghdad under the Abbasids.
120: Muslim Views on Marriage.
121: Small Plaques for Casket.
122: Bronze Ewer Inlaid with Silver.
123: Body Diagram from the Anatomy of the Human Body.
124: Ceremonial Ottoman Caftan.
Africa: 4000 BCE–Sixteenth Century CE.
125: Saharan Prehistoric Cave Painting.
126: Egyptian New Kingdom Fresco Depicting Nubian Servants.
127: Hunters of the Horn of Africa.
128: Bronze Relief of Benin Warriors.
129: Yoruba Ancestor Monolith.
130: Tellem Rain Sculpture.
131: Ethiopian Orthodox Gospel Book.
132: Description of Timbuktu and Its People.
The Americas: First–Sixteenth Centuries CE.
133: Nazca Trophy Head Vessel.
134: Moche Clay Trumpets.
135: Tiwanaku Bronze Axe and Tupu Pins.
136: Mississippian Stone Frog Pipe.
137: Classic-Period Sculpture of a Maya Scribe.
138: Ancestral Pueblo Turquoise Beads.
139: Maya Almanac from the Dresden Codex.
140: Aztec Spear-Throwers.
141: Christopher Columbus’s Notes on the Carib and Taino Peoples.
142: Illustration of Aztec Tribute from the Mendoza Codex.
143: Cortes’s Descriptions of the Aztec City of Tenochtitlán.
144: The Administration of Inca Provinces.
145: Andean Chuspa Bag.
146: Pre-Inca and Inca Religions.
147: Pomo Cooking Basket.
Central and East Asia: Sixth–Fourteenth Centuries CE.
148: Haniwa Horse from Yayoi-Period Japan.
149: Sui Dynasty Flutist Figurine.
150: Tang Dynasty Poem “Drinking Alone by Moonlight”.
151: The Kojiki on Cosmic Origins.
152: Bai Juyi’s Poems on Middle and Old Age.
153: Tang Dynasty Poem “The Charcoal-Seller”.
154: The Tale of Genji on Life in the Heian Imperial Court.
155: Song Dynasty Marble Polo Ball.
156: Song Dynasty Metal Coin.
157: Samurai Behavior Described in the Genpei Seisuiki.
158: Marco Polo’s Description of the Mongol Capital.
159: Mongol Koumiss Flask.
160: Marco Polo’s Description of Mongol Warriors.
161: Marco Polo on Chinese Paper Money.
162: The Women of Kublai Khan’s Court.
163: Yoshida Kenko on Sake.
164: Liu Chi on Corruption during the Yuan Dynasty.
165: Medical Treatment as Described in The Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
166: Yuan Dynasty Jingdezhen Blue-and-White Porcelain Ewer.
167: Scene from Aya no Tsuzumi, a Japanese Noh Play.
Europe in the Middle Ages: Fifth–Fifteenth Centuries CE.
168: Merovingian Grooming Accessories.
169: Salic Law on the Punishment for Stealing Livestock.
170: Monastic Life According to The Rule of St. Benedict.
171: A Vassal’s Contract.
172: Laws Concerning Anglo-Saxon Women.
173: Anglo-Saxon Vendetta and Tort Law.
174: A Monastic Fish Farm.
175: Song of Roland on Frankish Military Culture and Chivalry.
176: Viking Rune Stone.
177: Land Grant to a Jewish Community in Medieval Germany.
178: The Fall of Jerusalem during the Crusades.
179: Bankruptcy in Medieval England.
180: Pledging Allegiance to the Count of Flanders.
181: The Rights of Individuals on Anglo-Saxon Social Classes.
182: Charter for a Butchers’ Guild.