final paper consists of a piece of research you will design and
conduct throughout the second half of the semester. This 3500-word
(approximately 15-page) paper is on a topic pertaining to the
life and times of Augustus, Rome's first emperor, or his legacy.
You might decide to explore a specific challenge he faced (e.g.,
diehard allegiance to the Republic; changing family values; expansion
and protection of the frontiers), a specific individual (e.g.,
his wife Livia, his daughter Julia, or his stepson Tiberius) or
concept (e.g., succession; emperor worship; imperial patronage
of the arts). You will develop your project in stages, so that
the end result is a coherent, well-written and thoughtful exploration
that is worthy of presentation and debate yet tightly organized
and sharply focused. Your first two assignments come directly
after the analytical essay is due, though neither is graded: the
first assignment is to begin to explore possible final paper topics
on February 22nd, and the second is to submit any Interlibrary
Loan requests before Spring Break begins on March 10th.
next stages for this paper are of various types and are clearly
marked out here. Together they represent a portfolio of work,
with each stage building upon the previous one. Create a separate
folder in your computer for this project, give each component
a different file name, and store a backup for the folder someplace
separate from the folder (e.g., jumpdrive, /datastor, etc.). Don't
feel limited by these milestones; you can, of course, begin the
process earlier and expand upon it - for example, by creating
milestones for yourself in the shaping of successive drafts. This
chart will help you move the project along (details on all milestones
& annotated bibliography
& updated annotated bibliography
19th, 24th or 26th
employ the same format for each written stage:
- 1" margins
(not the width default of 1.25")
- 12-point type
page only with the final draft. Until then, each component
need have only your name, the assignment title (e.g., "Topic
Statement") and the date at the top of the first page
(location of the page number doesn't matter)
format. If you use another software product, please consult
with the Helpdesk
long before the first due date.
is due by 6.00pm and must be submitted by email. If you do not
know how to attach a document to an email, please consult the
Helpdesk. Since our
class meets from 2.10-3.30pm, the early evening deadline gives
you the opportunity to utilize both my office hours and the
classroom to test your ideas, receive feedback and revise your
thinking before handing in an assignment.
(drawing from Profs. D. Curley and K. Eshleman):
statement: at least one paragraph, and no longer than one
page, declaring the topic you've decided to pursue, and outlining
the precise question you intend to focus on, the approach
you plan to take, and any expected conclusions. This paragraph
should be the outcome of some thoughtful preliminary work,
not a hastily dashed off summary.
bibliography: the topic statement depends upon research and
deliberation, and an annotated bibliography helps you focus
your research and thinking from the outset. The bibliography
contains scholarly books, book chapters and/or journal articles
that will enhance your project directly and beyond the handbook
or encyclopedic level. You do best to avoid on-line summaries
and wiki-style entries, or textbooks and popular works pitched
at an introductory or non-scholarly audience. Your bibliography
instead should include only peer-reviewed works (whose medium
of publication - print or electronic - doesn't matter). Each
annotation should include the pertinent publication information
and 2 full paragraphs describing the work - the first as a
summary, the second as a critique within the context of your
project. This first annotated bibliography must contain at
least five distinct entries (e.g., two chapters from one book
by one author constitute one entry, while two essays from
one edited book by different authors constitute two entries).
No more than one entry may be from the two Galinsky texts.
outlines are remarkably useful mechanisms for gaining clarity
and focus. Their linear structure dictates a logical progression,
from laying out the problem under consideration to the concluding
observations, with each step along the way clearly articulated.
Outlines are helpful to keep you on track towards your goal,
to help you avoid unnecessary digressions, and to reveal to
you weaknesses in the structure and organization of your paper.
A well-constructed outline is the skeleton of your paper's
body - it represents the bare bones which you then flesh out.
annotated bibliography: this second phase of your bibliography
represents a deeper level of research and thought, as you
now zero in on your topic (and your Interlibrary Loan works
have arrived!). The update should contain at least five additional
annotated works, each marked with an asterisk (*).
this next phase consists of a working version of your paper,
based upon your outline, organized and with all of the content
that will appear in the final version. You may still be working
on the prose in some sections, and so fill any gaps with summaries
of what will appear in the fully fleshed-out version; however,
all aspects of the paper should be evident.
annotated bibliography: at this stage, you should have at
least 15 secondary sources, the most-recently added also marked
by an asterisk. As a final bibliography, this should contain
the same works that appear with the final version of the paper.
presentation: we devote four classes to short (10 minute)
presentations describing your projects to the class. Focus
here on the essentials: your topic, your approach, and your
conclusions. Get to the critical issue(s) quickly rather than
summarize the background or history of the topic.
project: the polished, perfected paper with a separate title
page, all foot/endnotes included, and the final bibliography
(without the annotations). Given the commitment you have made
to this project at this stage, you will want to ensure that
it is representative of your effort and commitment. Proofreading
here is essential, for you don't want to undermine nine weeks
of work because of typographical or sloppy errors.