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History 1A Prof. Phillips Fall 2007 Paper 2 topics The purpose of your second paper (5 pages; 12-point font, double-spaced) is for you to engage directly with the primary sources (that is, ancient texts in translation). You may also consult modern scholarly works if you wish. If you do so, be sure to give full citations, but bear in mind that your argument must be based on specific citations of the primary sources . Your grade will reflect your command of written English as well as the substance of your argument. The paper is due in class on Friday, December 7. When citing an ancient text, use the page numbers in the texts and coursepack assigned for this course. More specific citations are welcome wherever possible (e.g., book and chapter for Herodotus, Thucydides, Livy, and Polybius; title and chapter for Plutarch’s Lives ; book and line numbers for Homer and Vergil). Choose one of the following topics: 1. Compare and contrast one historian who wrote in Greek for a primarily Greek
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Unformatted text preview: readership (Herodotus, Thucydides, or Polybius) with Livy, who wrote in Latin for his fellow Romans. You may choose to focus on narrative style, goals, historical actors and events examined, and/or moralizing (or lack thereof). Be sure to include historical context in your analysis: why would the approaches of the historians you choose differ as a function of the authors’ historical and cultural circumstances? 2. Compare and contrast the selections you have read from Homer’s Iliad and Vergil’s Aeneid . Both works are set in the same period (the Trojan War and its aftermath), yet the authors emphasize different things. How do the historical and cultural circumstances of the authors affect their choices and presentation of material? 3. What caused the fall of the Roman Republic? (In your answer you must incorporate significant primary source material; you may supplement this as necessary with information from lectures and from your textbook.)...
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