Dates to Schedule:
Bring a topic description and outline to class on February 1, 2006.
You must bring THREE copies of your rough draft of at least seven pages
(around 2000 words) to class with you on February 22, 2006 for our
peer-editing workshop (with pizza). Failure to bring a rough
draft to class with you will result in your final grade being lowered
The first draft of your paper is due on March 1, 2006. I will hand the
paper back to you the following week with my comments and suggestions
I am happy to read a second draft of your paper and in fact all of you
will be required to sign up for a time to meet me at my office for a
writing conference the week of April
5, 2006 where we will go over your revised draft before you hand
in the final copy.
I urge you to begin working on your paper sooner rather than later, as
the opportunities for paper rewrites come before the final due date,
not after you hand in the final copy.
You must hand in your final paper by April
12, 2006. No late papers will be accepted.
This paper should be a minimum of 10 pages and a maximum of 15 (3000+
words, regardless of the font and format you use).
In addition to using the primary sources we have been reading in class,
you will need to make use of and cite secondary scholarship in your
Part I: Choose a location within the city of Rome (e.g., the
Forum, a temple, the Colosseum. a marketplace, etc), and describe how
the place was used by the community and what kinds of activities
occurred there (e.g., religious ritual, business, entertainment), what
kinds of people frequented the site (e.g., toga-clad orators,
merchants, women, slaves, children, freedman?)
Part II: Explain what this site you have chosen tells us about Roman
culture. (For example, is there anything about this site that
provides evidence of cultural elasticity (influence of other cultures
affecting a Roman ritual or event)? Or what do you learn about
Roman society from the kinds of people who frequent the site?
What do the kinds of activities that take place at the site tell you
about the values of the culture?