The Classical Roman Reader by Kenneth Atchity, a former professor of comparative literature and classics who later became a film producer, is an introductory historical source text sampler, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Story Merchant.
This was originally published in 1997 by Henry Holt & Co as part of their Henry Holt Reference Books line, credited as by Kenneth John Atchity, and later picked up by Oxford University Press as part of their Oxford Paperbacks line.
This introductory reader contains excerpted translated period writings from various sources, both well-known and obscure, across many topics throughout the classical era of Ancient Rome from the founding to the early Republic and the Empire through the 5th century, accompanied by brief pieces about each author and giving more contextual information to aid in understanding their times.
Offered DRM-free worldwide, available at Amazon.
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Off to College: A Guide for Parents by Roger H. Martin, a former history professor and college president who has also served as a Harvard dean, is part of the Chicago Guides to Academic Life series of introductory educational guides to academia and academic life, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month for August.
The guide gives a comprehensive overview of modern college life for new students, to better help parents understand the expectations and pressures they face, from academic to social to financial, through a model first year based upon an insider’s visits to a selection of private and public colleges and universities across the US.
Offered worldwide through August, available directly from the university’s website.
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