As indicated on the syllabus, in lieu of a final exam, you are asked to write a final take-home essay.
Due date: This is due on or by TUESDAY, MARCH 16, no later than 11:00 PM (PT). Papers are to be submitted via Canvas as a file upload.
Length and format: Although I am setting no required length for this paper, I would expect most essays to be about 5-6 pages in length, typed, and double-spaced.
Description: Earlier in the quarter I posted to our course webpage a list of several key themes or ideas from the Neronian period. I have encouraged you not only to look at that list, but also to be thinking about when and where those themes are present in what you've read and looked at over the course of the ten weeks.
In your essay, discuss ONE of these themes as they appear in two (or more, if you wish) of the primary sources you have studied for this class (Tacitus, Suetonius, Seneca, Calpurnius Siculus, Persius, Lucan, and Petronius – and you may include the Domus Aurea in this list as well and anything else you've run across in Barrett). Your essay should not simply document where the theme appears, but offer a comparison of what the presence of that theme contributes to your interpretation of the texts you choose to discuss and what such a comparison reveals about the Neronian period. The best responses will fully support the thesis with specific references (i.e. page nos., etc.) to the texts under discussion. You may relate the theme you choose to others on the list, but your discussion should center on the one theme.
Please note: If there is a particular theme or idea you've noticed in the reading that is not on my list, you may write about that instead...but please check with me beforehand.
This is not a research paper, so I do not expect you to read anything other than what has been assigned to you for the class. I am most interested in what YOU have to say about the subject, not in your ability to tell me what others think.