The Internet Ancient History Sourcebook has expanded greatly
since its creation, and now contains hundred of local files as well as links to source
texts throughout the net.
- See Introduction for an explanation of the Sourcebook's
- See the Help! page for all the help on research
I can offer.
Although I am more than happy to receive notes if you have comments on this web site,
I cannot answer specific research enquiries [and - for students - I cannot, or rather will
not, do your homework.]
The Ancient History Sourcebook works as follows:
- This Main Index page [this page] shows all sections and sub
sections. These have also been regularized in a consistent hierarchy. This should allow
rapid review of where texts are.
- To access the sub-section pages, simply browse the sections
below and select the highlighted (white text with blue background) section title on the
- In addition there are two navigation bars on the left of each page for
- The top - and smaller - navigation bar directs you to the other main parts of the Sourcebook
- this overall Index page [clicking IAHS logo will also take you
there if you ever get lost]; the Full Texts
page; the Legal Texts page: the Search page; and a new HELP!
page, which you should consult if you get lost, or need research assistance.
- The lower - and larger - navigation bar will take you directly to any of the
sub-sections from any of the other sub-sections, each indicated by a short title.
- For materials added since July 1998 see the New
Additional Study/Research Aids
In addition to the above structure, there are a series of pages to help teacher and
The Internet Ancient History Sourcebook is a companion to the
Internet Medieval Sourcebook and the Internet Modern
History Sourcebook. The Medieval Sourcebook is
both a classroom resource and the largest collection of online medieval texts. The Ancient
and Modern Sourcebooks have a different role: since there are
already ample online repositories of texts for these periods, the goal here is to provide
and organize texts for use in classroom situations. Links to the larger online collections
are provided for those who want to explore further. The distinctive feature of the Sourcebooks'
layout remains here - the avoidance of images and multiple "clicking" to find
texts. Unlike the Medieval and Modern History Sourcebooks, this
section of the project did not involve much scanning of new material to begin with. At
this stage, however, an increasing number of new etexts are available at this site. The Ancient
History Sourcebook also includes links to visual and aural material, since
art and archeology are far more important for the periods in question than for later
history. The emphasis remains on access to primary source texts for educational purposes.
This site focuses on online texts, which, for the most part, means public domain texts
translated more than 75 years ago. In many cases it is these older translations which are
used in commercially available sourcebooks. But note that, for classroom
use, in some cases the more modern translations are superior from a pedagogic
viewpoint: this is less the case with historiography than with literature. In
other words, use online resources well, but don't get carried away!
Note: Although I am more than happy to receive notes if you have
comments on this web site, I cannot answer specific research enquiries [and - for students
- I cannot, or rather will not, do your homework!] If you have have relevant
translations to contribute, please do contact me.
Compiler and Editor
Dates of accession of material added since July 1998 can be seen in the New Additions page.. The date of inception was
Links to files at other site are indicated by [At some indication of the site
name or location]. Locally available texts are marked by [At this Site].
WEB indicates a link to one of small
number of high quality web sites which provide either more texts or an especially valuable
� Paul Halsall, 1999.
This text is copyright. The specific electronic form, and any notes and questions are
copyright. Permission is granted to copy the text, and to print out copies for personal
and educational use. No permission is granted for commercial use.
If any copyright has been infringed, this was unintentional. The possibility of a site
such as this, as with other collections of electronic texts, depends on the large
availability of public domain material from texts translated before 1923. [In the US, all
texts issued before 1923 are now in the public domain. Texts published before 1964 may be
in the public domain if copyright was not renewed after 28 years. This site seeks to abide
by US copyright law: the copyright status of texts here outside the US may be different.]
Efforts have been made to ascertain the copyright status of all texts here, although,
occasionally, this has not been possible where older or non-US publishers seem to have
ceased existence. Some of the recently translated texts here are copyright to the
translators indicated in each document. These translators have in every case given
permission for non-commercial reproduction. No representation is made about the copyright
status of offsite links: note that for the Ancient History Sourcebook,
unlike the Medieval Sourcebook and Modern History Sourcebook, many texts
are offsite. This site is intended for educational use. Notification of copyright
infringement will result in the immediate removal of a text until its status is resolved.
Paul Halsall, April 1998-October 2000
[hits since April 8, 1998]
The Internet Ancient History Sourcebook is part of the
Internet History Sourcebooks Project.
created 1998: last revised 8/1/2002