CLASSICS 365
TRUE CONFESSIONS—THE (AUTO)BIOGRAPHICAL TRADITION
Assignment for Suetonius, Divus Iulius (The Life of Julius Caesar) 
Due:  Monday, 28 September by 6:00 p.m. (see Format, below)
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Suetonius' arrangement of subject matter seems at times to defy order and reason.  But is there a method to the madness?  Your assignment will investigate this question with regard to the Divus Iulius.  Everyone will be assigned a group of chapters within the second half of the DI (45ff.). Each group is to be analyzed as follows:
1)  State in a sentence or two the general theme of the grouping.

2)  Discuss the progression of ideas from start to finish.  Think first in terms of subject heading and then in terms of individual vignettes that support the subject.

EXAMPLE:  "Suetonius next discusses Caesar's prowess in war, which he documents with three anecdotes.  First, he recounts the expedition to...  Next he reports that...  Finally he describes how..."
Bear in mind that, although you should refer to the chapter numbers, these numbers might restrict your analysis.  That is, just because S. touches on one subject in chapter X, doesn't mean that a new subject comes in chapter Y.

3)  Summarize your progression with a schematic outline, indenting to reveal structure.  In both (2) and (3), be sensitive to such storytelling devices as the embedding of subjects and ring composition.

Important.  If you have any questions about this assignment, please let me know.  Discuss any trouble in making sense of your grouping with me ASAP.  No grouping, in my opinion, defies analysis;  accordingly, throwing up of hands is not acceptable.

Format.  Because I will post each analysis to the course web site, I will accept electronic submissions only (e-mail, attachments, HTML, diskette).  Please note the due date once more:  Monday, 28 September, by 6:00 p.m.  I will not accept late submissions.  If you anticipate technological difficulties, it is your responsibility to resolve them in advance (although I will gladly give whatever advice I can).

Groupings (note that they overlap):
 

CHAPTERS
STUDENT
45-49
Burns
49-54
Garfield
54-57
Hohmann
57-65
Levy
65-70
Mucha
70-75
Yuki
75-82
Zalman