HIST 1011 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Tarpeia, Titus Tatius, Roman Currency

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HISTORY 1011: THE WORLD OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
Paper 1: due Tuesday, October 4 at noon
Each of the following primary sources offers us a unique perspective on the relationship between Rome
and the wider world during the time of Rome’s growth from backwater to world power. Choose one,
read carefully, and in a 1000-1500 word paper, think about the following: What is this unique
perspective and what does it tell us about Rome's relationship to the other parts of the world?
To get at this, consider the following questions: What is the source's relationship to Rome? How does
the author/creator's background affect his perspective? Use these questions as way to broaden your
thinking, not to limit it. Also, remember that a shorter text does not mean a shorter paper you simply
must dig deeper to get at a shorter passage’s significance.
To learn about the author/creator and context of your source, the best works are usually the introduction
in a translated work (ex: a Penguin edition) and the Oxford Classical Dictionary. You can (and should)
draw on the lectures, the course textbooks, and section readings and discussion to strengthen your
arguments, but you are not expected to seek out additional secondary sources. If you have any questions
about this, please discuss it with your TF.
Your paper should be double-spaced in 12 pt font, should use proper citation procedures (see separate
document), and should
include a bibliography of works cited at the end (even if this includes only 2 or 3 items). Your paper
must be posted to the appropriate dropbox on the Canvas course site by noon on Tuesday, October 4.
Text Options:
1. Virgil, Aeneid, Book 7, lines 1-81
(begins at
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.02.0054%3Abook%3D7%3A
c ard%3D1 )
2. Appian, Roman History, Preface
http://www.livius.org/ap-ark/appian/appian_preface_1.html
http://www.livius.org/ap-ark/appian/appian_preface_2.html
http://www.livius.org/ap-ark/appian/appian_preface_3.html
3. I Maccabees 8 (http://www.earlyjewishwritings.com/1maccabees.html)
4. Plautus, Poenulus (‘The Young Carthaginian’), Act 5, scene 1 through Act 5, scene 7:
Act 5, scene 1 -
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.02.0106%3Aact%3D5%3Asc
ene%3D1
- to Act 5, scene 7 -
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.02.0106%3Aact%3D5%3Asc
ene%3D7
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