Pompeiian fresco, 1st c. AD


Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Hours: W 9.00 Th 8.30 F 10.30

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Project 3: Using Primary Sources to Craft an Argument
(presentations: Friday, October 12; essay: due Monday, October 15)

This project asks you to use a specific selection of primary sources to craft an argument on a particular topic. You are assigned to one of three panels, which will address Roman imperialism, political campaigning or threats to the social order. On Tuesday, October 9th, we will meet in Ladd 206 where you and your co-panelists will begin to prepare your presentation. The presentations will take place in class on Friday, October 12th: each panel will be allotted 15 minutes, and you will determine how your panelists will address the questions. The main goal of this project is for you to learn to integrate primary source evidence into an effective argument.

The essay that you will prepare for Monday, October 15th will draw directly upon your work on a panel. You are to write a 900-1200 word essay that answers the same questions your panel addressed, utilizing at a minimum the same primary sources. You may, of course, draw upon additional primary sources to craft your paper, but do not utilize any secondary sources - i.e., scholarship - of any kind, including your textbooks.
Panel 1. What did Rome learn from, and how did she adapt to, her interactions with Mediterranean powers between 284 & 133? HAR Livy 1.1-9; 33.6-10, 30-33, 38-40; 36.15-19; 38.37-38; 39.51; 45.12, 20-25
Panel 2.
What was the nature of political campaigns, what attracted men to run for office, and how do campaigns reflect a change in early Republican virtues? HAR Polybius 6.1-9, 11-18, 56-57; LR 1.146, 155, 165, 166, 170, 186
Panel 3. What social issues were perceived by some as a threat to Rome, and did Rome respond adequately? HAR Livy 34.1-8; LR 1.94-5, 168, 175-6, 178, 185, 191