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My Resources

In my previous post I mentioned some of the ways I prepared for the GCSE Day. Here I will talk more about my resources that I used.

Thomas Wiedemann. 1980. Greek and Roman Slavery. London: Croom Helm. This is a great source book from which I took most of my excerpts for the seminar. It consists of thematically arranged translations of ancient texts and inscriptions which mention or discuss slavery in some way. There is section specifically on public slaves in Ancient Rome. This is a great website to look up ancient texts and their translations. I used this to compare some of the texts I wanted to use to choose the best translation.

The following resources were used to find background information on the ancient sources:

  • Sherwin-White, A.N. 1969. “Pliny, the Man and his Letters”. Greece & Rome. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 16 (1): 76–90
  • Bell, Albert A. 1989. “A Note on Revision and Authenticity in Pliny’s Letters”. American Journal of Philology. 110: 460–466
  • C. Suetonius Tranquillus; William P. Thayer (Ed.) 1914. “The Life of Pliny the Elder”. Loeb Classical Library
  • Matthews, John F. 2000. Laying Down the Law: A Study of the Theodosian Code. New York, NY: Yale University Press.
  • Tellegen-Couperus, Olga. 1993. A Short History of Roman Law. New York, NY: Routledge. pp. 138–141.
  • Ashby, Thomas. 1934. The Aqueducts of Rome. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Hodge, A.T. 2001. Roman Aqueducts & Water Supply. 2nd ed. London: Duckworth
  • Hardie, A. 1983. Statius and the Silvae. Liverpool.
  • Syme, Ronald. 1958. Tacitus, Volumes 1 and 2. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Benario, Herbert W. 1975. An Introduction to Tacitus. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press
  • Honore,Tony. 2002. Ulpian:Pioneer of Human Rights. Oxford: OUP


My Preparation for the Day

Once I knew I was going to be participating in the GCSE Schools Day I sat down to think about what topic I might like to give my seminar on. We had an initial meeting for those who wanted to participate where we gave our ideas and were assigned seminar partners. At that time I decided to do something along the lines of slavery in the city as it pertains somewhat to my current research for my dissertation. I had the freedom to decide what exactly I wanted to do and in the end I settled on the topic of “Public Slaves in Rome”. Once I knew what I wanted to do I set about researching the  topic as I was only somewhat familiar with it. Once I read up on some of the literature I started to lay out my ideas fir my seminar. I decided to do an exercise which dealt with handling different types of primary sources. I assembled several excerpts along with background information on the sources for the students to discuss. I also prepared a short PowerPoint which went over the basic information surrounding public slavery as well as their sources. I also created a small worksheet for them to fill out which had a few questions about the sources each group was assigned.

My interest in the GCSE Schools Day

Hi! My name is Sydney Martin and I am a postgraduate student at Sheffield University on the MA Classical and Ancient World Program. When I heard about the GCSE Schools Day, I was very excited and was looked forward to participating. Once I return to the US I hope to get my certification to teach and saw this as a great opportunity to get a bit of practice and to see how teaching students of this age group went. I had decided to make my topic “Public Slaves in the Roman World” because it is an area that is somewhat relevant to my research for my dissertation which deals with domestic slaves in both ancient Greece and the Roman world. I also thought it might be an area which students would find interesting and might prompt them for further investigation into the topic and others about the Greek and Roman worlds. I have always enjoyed sharing my interest for ancient Greece and Rome and found this day to be a perfect opportunity to do so!