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What follows is an example of a short essay on an ancient history topic written by a Skidmore student. This essay represents an excellent example of crafting an argument and supporting it with primary (and some secondary) sources.

The essay was generated from the following topic:

Write an essay in which you describe the Roman attitude toward expansion in the Mediterranean. Did Rome have precedents for expanding its boundaries to the world outside Italy? If so, draw parallels between early and later periods of Roman expansion.

The essay is divided into four parts: The outline, from which the final draft took its bearings. The introduction, which puts forward the main argument. The body of the paper, in which the argument is further defined and expanded. The conclusion, which restates the introduction based on the expansion of the argument in the body.

ŠAugust 2000 Skidmore College Department of Classics
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