Respond to ONE question from the list below (additional papers can be submitted for extra credit). When responding to the question, your paper must present a clear, evidence-supported thesis and must reflect your ability to “develop a well-reasoned argument” and demonstrate your ability to “identify, analyze, and evaluate the arguments” of major writers and authorities who write and publish in the field of history (FLCC’s Critical Thinking Competency). To accomplish this, it is necessary to muster specific evidence, and as many concrete and relevant examples as possible, from credible/reliable historical sources. 50% of your cited information must be derived from one of the assigned course monographs (Garland, Arian, Romm, Casson, Rosen, Gies, or King) and the other 50% will come from additional sources (see below).
Remain focused on the question and do not provide any unnecessary background or unrelated material. Do not summarize the book or give a chapter by chapter recounting. Be specific and concrete at all times.
Your paper must reflect your knowledge and use of “basic research techniques,” and your “ability to gather, evaluate and synthesize information and data from a variety of historical sources. In addition to your critical analysis of your chosen course monograph, you must utilize and reference a minimum of five additional sources (50% of the total citations made). This does NOT include the Backman texts assigned for this course.
You should utilize both printed/published and electronic sources. In order to ensure the credibility of your electronic or internet-derived sources web addresses should end in .gov or .edu. Do NOT use Wikipedia, Shmoop.com (or similarly potentially unreliable sources) as well as insubstantial, short-cut sites like Encyclopedia Britannica etc. Legitimate academic sources can be obtained via the JSTOR database (the FLCC Library maintains a link to this site). As a rule, please avoid .com websites, unless approved by your instructor. If you are uncertainty about the legitimacy/value of a source, please ask your instructor.
My class lectures and PowerPoints, and the textbooks for the course, should not be used as sources for this assignment.
Primary source material should be represented in your list of sources. These are original/eyewitness material rendered during the historical period you are investigating (rather than more recently). These should be properly cited in your bibliography (see below). You need at least one major primary source in your paper.
You must use an appropriate method of citation. When making a specific reference to material contained in your sources, please use the MLA format as your method of citation (indicating where the information was found). This style should be used for both parenthetical citations and your bibliography (works cited page). A useful guide can be found on the FLCC Library website at:http://library.flcc.edu/MLA8_FLCC.pdf
You are also free to use the Chicago style.
Your paper should contain a properly-formatted bibliographic page, which reveals the various sources you consulted during the production of your paper: the monograph you’ve selected from the course booklist, as well as your additional five primary and secondary sources.
Title Page should include: Your name, Course prefix and section number, date and a title for your paper.
Your paper should be written in the third person. It is not an opinion paper (avoid phrases like “I think” or “I believe”) and should not be presented in the first person. In developing your historical case, you need to rely upon the work of acknowledged, expert historians. Your tone should always be formal and colloquialisms should be avoided.
The past tense should be applied when discussing historical material.
It should be a minimum of 5 pages in length (exclusive of a title page and a bibliographic page), double-spaced and presented in 12 point Times New Roman, Calibri or Arial font. Margins should not exceed 1 inch on all sides. No images or other “fillers” should be used (except on the title page, if you wish).
Pages are to be numbered (except the title page and bibliography, which contain no numbers).
Remember to proofread your work thoroughly before handing it in. The spell checker on your computer can only identify some errors, but usually not grammar and syntax. A good essay is one that is coherent, well-organized, well-referenced and flows smoothly. Papers containing a large number of spelling andgrammatical errors will be returned as “unreadable.”
Your term paper should be your own work and there should be no collaboration or division of labor with any other students (even if they are in the same section).
Plagiarism will result in an F being assigned for this assignment. Please refer to the “How to Avoid Plagiarism” link on Blackboard. The College’s policy on academic dishonesty is referenced in the Student Code of Conduct, which can be accessed online at www.flcc.edu/offices/judicial.
The FLCC Writing Center (Room 2441) has personnel available on hand to assist you in the production of your paper. Contact (585) 785-1601 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions (Select ONE):
Select ONE of the options below (1-5), and respond to ALL of the questions associated with
your chosen monograph.
1) For Garland’s Ancient Greece: Everyday Life in the Birthplace of Western Civilization,
please respond to ONE of the following:
A) Discuss the roles of gender (being a woman) and religion in shaping daily life in ancient Athens.
B) Discuss how daily life reflected the Greek love of the rational mind and the perfect/beautiful body.
C) Discuss the ways Athenian way of life was participatory, democratic and civic-minded.
2) For Arrian’s The Campaigns of Alexander or Romm’s Alexander the Great, please respond to ONE of the following:
A) Discuss the ways Alexander the Great’s career reflected the Hellenistic Fusion –spreading Greek traditions across the ancient world while simultaneously incorporating non-Greek (Egyptian, Persian, Bactrian, Parthia, Indian etc.) traditions into his own way of doing things.
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B) What evidence exists that Alexander the Great was both an enlightened thinker and multiculturalist (committed to spreading the benefits of Greek civilization worldwide while borrowing heavily from the traditions of other global cultures) and an ambitious, egotistical tyrant and conqueror?
For Casson’s Everyday Life in Ancient Rome, please respond to ONE of the following:
A) It is a well-known historical fact that an individual’s social class is a key determinant of how he will experience life: the type of job/work he will have, the kinds of entertainment/amusement available to him, his diet, the size of his family, religious practices etc. Discuss this relationship, as it affected three of the four main social groups highlighted in the Casson book (1-upper class/nobility, 2-middle classes, 3-workers and 4-slaves), during Rome’s golden age.
B) As a geographic entity, the Roman Empire stretched from Britain to Palestine and from the Atlantic Ocean to the Nile, and encompassed over a quarter of the world’s known population. Never before or since had such a wide range of cultures, religions and nationalities co-existed and interacted within one superstate. Discuss the ways in which daily life in ancient Rome reflected
its cosmopolitan and diverse makeup. Look for evidence of this in all aspects of Roman life, from occupations and religions, to types of entertainment, diet and architecture (to name only a few).
3) For Rosen’s Justinian’s Flea, please respond to the following:
Discuss the many ways that plague negatively impacted upon Byzantine
4) For Gies’s Life in a Medieval City, please respond to the following:
In what ways were the Middle Ages both an Age of Faith and an Age of Superstition? The medieval era saw the Catholic Church achieve an unprecedented level of influence over virtually all aspects of life, and Christianity was the lens through which medieval people understood and ordered their worlds. But at the same time, co- existing with this intense religious devotion, was the persistence of pre-Christian/pagan beliefs in a world rule by supernatural forces (magic, demons, witches, spells, astrology, potions) and occult presences. Using the medieval city of Troyes as an example, how was everyday life in the Middle Ages shaped by these two divergent influences?
5) For King’s Pope’s Ceiling, please respond to the following:
1) HowdoesthecorpusofMichelangelo’sworkreflecttheRenaissancereverencefor ancient Greco-Roman (classical) civilization?
2) HowdoesMichelangelo’sSistineworkreflectthepriorities,idealsandtechniquesof the High Renaissance in Italy?
4) Discuss the role of patrons (like Pope Julius II) and religious figures (like Savonarola) in shaping Michelangelo’s vision of the Sistine frescoes and the final product achieved.
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