Ancient Greek History

Choose one of the following topics and write a three-four page response to it (the list of sources should be on a fourth/fifth page).

  1. How do the differences in the presentation of athletic participation between the Iliad and the Odyssey reflect changes in the Greek sport in the seventh century BCE?
  2. How do women participate in athletics (both Greek and Roman) and what factors influence the expansion of their participation?
  3. What does the documentary record tell us about gladiatorial careers and the ways that gladiators were seen in society?

Style

  1. Papers should be double-spaced in 12-point Times Roman font with one-inch margins.
  2. In-text citations should be in the following format:
     As Potter says, the Olympic games were a political forum (Potter, The Victor’s Crown 114)
        As Potter argued, Pausanias’ account of the Olympic games is largely built out of early mythological texts. (Potter, Lecture May 21, 2019)

Citing Ancient Texts

  1. The Life of Aesop offers great insight into power relationships in the ancient world when Aesop tries to get his master to be specific in providing instructions (The Life of Aesop 38-50) (you are referring to specific sections for this information).
  2. Xenophon of Ephesus and the author of The Ass are dealing with ancient concepts of identity describes conflicts in the understanding of sport (no reference needed as this is a generalizing statement about a substantial body of text)
  3. Ulpian says that it is correct to free slaves from cruel masters (Texts Relating to Slavery in the Roman World Gladiators1—reference needed because you are citing a specific phrase)
  4. Plutarch says that newly married people should guard against disagreements (Plutarch, Advice on Marriage, 3)( also use the section numbers; in citing passages from Hansen, Greek Popular Literature cite page numbers)


Works Cited Page

Potter, David. (2012) The Victor’s Crown. New York: Oxford University Press.
– For PDFs posted in the file section, see the file title for citation information.

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