CLASSICS 365
TRUE CONFESSIONS—THE (AUTO)BIOGRAPHICAL TRADITION
Assignment for Plutarch, Pericles 
Due:  Monday, 12 October by 6:00 p.m. (see Format, below)
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Instructions.  As part of our on-going investigation into biographical composition, you will produce an outline of Plutarch's Life of Pericles.  The object is, as in previous assignments, to track the biographer's train of thought both at large and in detail.

Therefore your outline should once again work inward from general topics or themes to more specific topics or details.

For this outline, however, I want you to ignore the chapter numbers completely.  You should omit all references to them in your outline (you may use page numbers instead).  In fact, you should ignore them altogether when re-reading Pericles:  pretend as if the entire work is one long single-spaced paragraph.

We have observed in the past how the existing divisions tend to bias our reading.  Accordingly, I will look for evidence of unbiased reading, shown in your outline by deliberate efforts to free Pericles from his format.  In other words, you should try whenever possible to make your own divisions.  If a theme or topic seems to end in the middle of a chapter, so be it.


Format.  Electronic submissions only, as I am posting to the course web site.  Please note the due date once more:  Monday, 28 September, by 6:00 p.m.  I will not accept late submissions.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me.