Ancient Rome evaluating ancient evidence

 In this assignment (customnursingassignments.com), you must consider one type of evidence used in the study of the Roman Republic discussed in Week 1 (and throughout the semester) and consider its advantages and disadvantages: ancient literature (historical writing), epigraphy (inscriptions), coinage, or archaeology. The different types of evidence are discussed in Dillon and Garland (2015), 765-795; and the following secondary sources (all available on Nexus under ‘assignment (customnursingassignments.com) 1’): • Bodel, J. (2010) “Epigraphy”, in A. Barchiesi and W. Scheidel (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Roman Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 107–22. • Metcalf, W. E. (2010) “Numismatics”, on A. Barchiesi and W. Scheidel (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Roman Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 135–45. • Schaps, D. (2011) Handbook for Classical Research. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 155–74 for “history”, 177–91 for “archaeology”. Aims: In effect, this assignment (customnursingassignments.com) asks you to consider the nature of a specific form of evidence: who are the people who created the evidence? Do we know who they are? Do we know when they lived? Are all forms of ancient evidence subject to bias or creators’ motivations, or do they suffer from being one-sided? Do all these forms provide us with the same information? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the type of evidence you have chosen? Why is your chosen form of evidence more useful?

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