CLAS 1P92: P APER A SSIGNMENT INFORMATION
R EQUIREMENTS &G UIDELINES :
You will be required to write two papers of 4-5 pages each (around 1200 words).
These papers will be based on the two seminar debate topics held in seminar.
1) Seminar 3 ~ Caesar
2) Seminar 7 ~ Imperialism and Romanization
The papers will be due on Turnitin.com where they will be graded. The due
dates are listed on the syllabus. These papers are worth 15% each for a total of
30 % of your final mark in the course. Please note that late papers will receive
an automatic 5% a day grade reduction for each day late.
PAPER T OPICS:
The papers will follow from the material discussed in your seminar debates. You
will be asked to explore a more focused aspect of the material presented and
discussed in the debates. The primary function will be to carefully consider and
utilize the primary readings offered in the Course package and the secondary
sources supplied for each debate topic. Because the debate topics are large, for
each paper you will have space only to consider and discuss a specific aspect of
the topic. Just as for the debate each topic has been divided into two different
positions and you will pick either A or B to focus your discussion from that
aspect. It need not be the side which you debated in seminar.
SEMINAR 3~ C AESAR DEBATE
1A. Why would some of the Roman Senators want to assassinate Julius Caesar?
What were their main motivations to join in the conspiracy?
1B. Why would some Roman Senators not want to assassinate Julius Caesar?
Why would they not want to participate in the conspiracy?
SEMINAR 7~ IMPERIALISM AND ROMANIZATION DEBATE
2A.Why did some tribal leaders feel that submitting peacefully to Rome to
become provincials within the Roman Empire was the best policy for them and
their people? What would they gain personally from this stance?
2B. Why did some tribal leaders incite their followers fight in order to avoid
subjugation and becoming provincials within the Roman empire? What would
they gain personally from this stance?
R ESEARCH :
You will not need to do any additional research since all the necessary primary
source material and companion secondary sources have been provided. You may
also consult the textbook, but no internet sources are to be cited in your paper.
The books for the secondary readings have also been placed on reserve in the
library in case you wish to consult them in their entirety. The complete
bibliographical information for the secondary sources is as follows:
1 Debate and Paper 1:
Billows, R. 2009. Julius Caesar: the Colossus of Rome, Rutledge, London and
Debate and Paper 2:
Hanson, W.S. 1997. “Forces of Change and methods of control” in Dialogues in
Roman Imperialism, ed. D.J. Mattingly, JRA Supplement no. 23, Portsmouth, RI.
Matyszak, P. 2004. The Enemies of Rome: from Hannibal to Attila the Hun,
Thames and Hudson, London.
W RITING S TYLE :
Your papers are to be considered research papers. Even though in the debates
your information may have been delivered in the first person as you assumed an
ancient persona, you must now step back from this role. That is to say, do not use
the first person in your paper. The reader already knows that the paper
represents your thoughts. If you need to qualify an idea instead of using “I my
opinion”, state “it appears that”. But it is best to avoid these constructions all
This is a formal written assignment which means that it is expected your paper
will be written in proper English following the established rules of grammar,
spelling, and punctuation. You must avoid colloquial expressions, such as clichés,
slang, and especially contractions. For example: don’t, couldn’t, wouldn’t (instead
of do not, could not, would not) and other similar contractions are not acceptable
in formal writing. Note: be careful with it’s = contraction of “it is” and its =
1) Introduction: The paper should be constructed in the standard format with the
first paragraph offering your thesis statement which presents your overall
argument. This should be stated clearly so the reader understands the position
of your paper and thus your subsequent discussion of the topic. Do not include
any vague or general background details or observations about the Roman
world in your introduction, as there is neither any space for generalities, nor
do they offer any depth to your discussion. Get right to the point of your
2) Body of the paper: Subsequent paragraphs will provide the evidence to
support your arguments. Since the paper is short, it is essential to focus on a
specific aspect of the topic. Do not attempt to cover too much material.
Your discussion must be clearly articulated and follow in logical or