- Length: 1000-1500 words
- Include your name on the document
- You may use any citation method (footnotes or in-text) you like so long as it is clear and consistent throughout your paper. You should refer to the primary sources by author, title, and where necessary book # and/or section #. You may use abbreviations. So, Suet. 1; Tac. Ann. 1.1; Aug. Res Gest. 1.
Paper grades are based on the following criteria:
- Thesis/Introduction/Conclusion (25%): your essay should address the prompt and offer a clear argument
- Content/Use of Evidence (40%): your essay should be built upon an analysis of evidence; i.e. you should cite the textbook and our course readings, including those offered on the various course handouts (available on d2l)
- Structure/Organization/Transitions (20%)
- Mechanics and Style (grammar, syntax, spelling) (15%)
Submit your paper as a MSWord document (or equivalent) to d2l.
- Open the course’s d2l page
- Click the ‘Activities’ tab, and then click ‘Assignments’
- Click ‘Final Exam’
- Click ‘Add a File’; follow the links to upload your file, and then click ‘Add’
- Click ‘Submit’
- Click ‘Done’
You should receive an automated email. If you do not please contact me.
Essays must be submitted by 2 pm on Thursday 19 March. No essay will be accepted late.
Answer one of the following essay prompts:
- EXPANSION: Discuss the nature and purpose of imperial expansion and foreign policy during the first four centuries of the imperial period, from Augustus through Theodosius. How successful was any expansion and/or defense? Is it possible to identify any clear Roman foreign policy goals?
- SUCCSESSION: Roman emperors from Augustus through Theodosius consistently dealt with issues of imperial succession. Were concerns about succession always the same? How did the Romans deal with the various difficulties associated with the succession of imperial power?
- POWER: How were power relationships constructed in the Roman world? In your answer, avoid focusing solely on the powers of the emperor; instead consider how Rome’s citizens, soldiers, subjects, freedmen, slaves, and even enemies negotiated power during the imperial period. Can any broad conclusions about the nature of power be constructed from our study of Roman history?