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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 goals.
- 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
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 left.
- In addition there are two navigation bars on the left of each page for every sub-section
- 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 Additions page.
Additional Study/Research Aids
In addition to the above structure, there are a series of pages to help teacher and students.
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
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
e-texts or 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 4/8/1998.
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 overview.
© 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