Paper #2

Illustration: Perachora (Promontory in Corinthian Gulf)

Classical Studies 1003: Introduction to Classical Studies, Greece

Fall, 2001

Professor Daniel Levine

This paper will show the results of your study of five locations mentioned in the literature we will read in the second half of this course.


Students will choose five (5) different sites for analysis: one each from Herodotus, Thucydides, Aeschylus, Euripides, and Aristophanes. CLICK HERE FOR A SUGGESTED OUTLINE FOR THE PAPER.


Students will hand in:


A) a MAP with these places clearly marked -- and with an icon of your choice marking each of the spots -- a graphic representation having some significance as relates to what happened there;

(If students need one, the Professor can provide a blank map of the Aegean area).

B) a PAPER, to include:

1. A description of each place as it relates to the literature we will have read in the second half of this course (with specific references to the section(s) of these literary works which treat the subject),

2. A discussion of the 'meaning' of each place to the author and his intended audience (i.e., how the author portrays the place, and how he intends the readers to perceive it. [For example, if you choose Troy, you will want to speak about the dark and foreboding picture of it which Aeschylus paints in the AGAMEMNON, or how Thucydides uses it to prove his point about the relative importance of the Peloponnesian War],

3. A discussion of one or two important facts about the place that are not mentioned in the author(s) we have read. [For example, if you choose Melos, you will discuss Thucydides' passages about the Peloponnesian War, but in addition, you might speak about the importance of obsidian found on that island in prehistoric times, or of the later the Venus de Milo -- neither of which Thucydides mentions. Or, if you write about Mt. Cithaeron, you will discuss its importance in the BACCHAE of Euripides, but you might also mention the myths of Actaeon and Niobe, which reach their similar bloody climaxes on the same mountain],

4. A bibliography of all sources you consulted, including our textbooks, as well as other reference works. If you use Internet sources, you must include the full URL address, and date of consultation.

The procedure will be as follows:

1) As you read Herodotus, Thucydides, and Greek Drama, pay attention to the locations which the authors use. Think about why they are important to the context of the work. Where are they? Why are they important? What happens there? What is the attitude of the author or characters to this place? What does it signify to them? What does it signify to us?

2) Choose a few places which interest you in each work.

3) Make note of the references in the books you read, so you can find them easily later.

4) Follow the directions above for writing the paper.


What kinds of things qualify for inclusion in this assignment? You may include, for example:


Please consult the teacher if you are uncertain as to what might 'qualify' as appropriate for inclusion for this paper.


For Professor Levine's advice on paper writing, go HERE.


DEADLINES: Students will hand in a list of their final five choices by NOVEMBER 30. The

completed papers will be due on DECEMBER 10.



Illustration: Samaria Gorge (Western Crete)


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