The final project is an opportunity for you to
combine your research and writing skills and develop a project that
reflects aspects of Roman history that interest you. Your main source
of material is Shelton's As the Romans Did. You are to
select one chapter, read all of the primary source materials and
Shelton's commentary, and over the course of the rest of the semester
write two 300-word essays and one 3000-word paper.
The first short paper is due in class
on Friday, November 12th, and will focus on what chapter and issues
you have chosen to address. Feel free to write the paper in the
first person if you so choose. Compose it as you would any paper,
with an introduction, a body of a few paragraphs and a conclusion.
In that essay, explain why you have chosen that chapter and what
issues you intend to consider.
The second short paper is due in
class on Wednesday, December 1st, and will consist of a sample of
your final paper. This could consist of the introduction or any
other part of the final version. It should include your own prose,
crafted to form a portion of the final thesis you will present,
and some of the primary sources either as quotations or as citations,
to substantiate your arguments with evidence. This last issue is
critical; the second essay is not only an opportunity to demonstrate
your thinking and your cogent writing, but as well that you know
how to use, cite and analyze evidence to persuade your audience.
For proper citation of ancient sources (the primary evidence) and
modern scholarship (Shelton's book), see the department's webpage
Please read this webpage carefully, as it is the standard to which
I shall hold your citation of the sources.
The final, longest paper, approximating
10 pages (3000 words), is due on Thursday, December 16th, at noon
and in my office. No late papers will be accepted; this is absolute.
If you wish, you may take a fictional
stab at papers two and three. That is, you may utilize the sources
just as you would in a research paper, but could do so in a creative
way. You might, for example, reconstruct the life of fictional slave,
or create a fictional scenario among various characters from the
Roman world. If you choose this path, you still must use, cite and
analyze the evidence to persuade, but can do so in a more creative
fashion. If this is the tack you decide to take, please indicate
as such in the first essay.