04.27.09.Papers.Citations.Pagans

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GREEK AND ROMAN RELIGIONS 04.27.09: Papers (Citations) and Creation of the Pagan (Pt. 1)
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Papers and Citations
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Overall Grades in line with Midterm(s) and my expectations overall. Plenty of very good papers in terms of thought and dealing with Geertz’s idea of a “general order of existence” and how to relate two rituals to it. A few problems, however, did crop up repeatedly…
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Small Things To Remember for Next Time Italicize foreign terms that are not anglicized (so, italicize polis but not fetial)! Don’t space between paragraphs, simply start a new line with indent! In cotemporary English, as a rule. “god(s)” =a generic deity, God = God in a monotheistic system (same way Allah, Elohim, etc. are capitalized) Block quote longer quotations, single-spaced (using Chicago, as I gave in style guide) Be consistent with tenses—lots of swapping between present and past tenses for no discernable reason breaks flow and is stylistically dubious.
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Some More Important Things A complete sentence must have at least a subject and conjugated verb, unless it employs an imperative. So, “J esus wept” (the shortest verse in the KJ V translation of the New Testament) is a complete sentence, as would be “Go!” A sentence without a verb isn’t (a sentence). Only use commas to join two independent clauses (i.e. if you take out the “and,” “but,” or “or”, you could write them as independent clauses.
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It is to be winced at. Passive voice is bad. Stop using it. “It is to be said by some that the passive voice is bad” conveys this same idea, just less concisely and forcefully. Don’t use the passive voice as a dodge for stating who or what is doing an action. “These practices are done so that. . .” Who does them?
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How to Cite Stuff There were generally massive problems with citation. If you made an attempt, I gave you credit. This, however, needs to be fixed!
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