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I'm doing an ancient history dissertation, so obviously there's a lot of reading that comes with that. My first chapter is going to be about the social context of Rome and the violence there, and I've read a couple of things on it. I was wondering if I had to read a whole chapter/book that seemed relevant, though? Or would the conclusion/intro for that chapter be alright? Because mostly I'll be using ancient sources to describe the context anyway, and all I need is the scholar's arguments which they usually sum up in their intros/conclusions anyway, so do I need to read the whole thing from a book that isn't directly relevant to my dissertation question?
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I'm doing an ancient history dissertation, so obviously there's a lot of reading that comes with that. My first chapter is going to be about the social context of Rome and the violence there, and I've read a couple of things on it. I was wondering if I had to read a whole chapter/book that seemed relevant, though? Or would the conclusion/intro for that chapter be alright? Because mostly I'll be using ancient sources to describe the context anyway, and all I need is the scholar's arguments which they usually sum up in their intros/conclusions anyway, so do I need to read the whole thing from a book that isn't directly relevant to my dissertation question?
You might get some extra information for your dissertation using the extra chapters - the arguments/points the author makes in the intro could go more indepth, or you might decide you need the information afterall.
But as long as you write down the books info you could always go back to the book if you want.
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I'm doing an ancient history dissertation, so obviously there's a lot of reading that comes with that. My first chapter is going to be about the social context of Rome and the violence there, and I've read a couple of things on it. I was wondering if I had to read a whole chapter/book that seemed relevant, though? Or would the conclusion/intro for that chapter be alright? Because mostly I'll be using ancient sources to describe the context anyway, and all I need is the scholar's arguments which they usually sum up in their intros/conclusions anyway, so do I need to read the whole thing from a book that isn't directly relevant to my dissertation question?
I would recommend at least skim-reading the chapter if nothing else. You may find some useful insights in it, and sections that put what you've read in the intro and conclusion into context.
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As the above two comments:
- Skim read or scan through it to get a rough idea of what it's about
- Check it out for the sheer purpose there may be a few quotes that you can use or reference
- Read it as and when you need it, if you don't have the time to do it right now

The more reading you do, generally, the better. It'll help compound your knowledge on the subject.
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