Term Paper Assignment

Your written assignment in this course will consist of a term paper which you are called upon to write one interpretive essay of fifteen to twenty typed pages on a theme within the purview of class. You may choose to write an in-depth analysis of one or more films from a historical point of view, using both primary and secondary sources. You may also choose to study how the cinema treats a certain aspect of ancient history. The first drafts of the term papers will be due on Friday, May 25, 2001.

Term Paper Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria:

1. Coverage of Subject: Be sure that your paper directly addresses the topic or theme at hand. The focus on the question should be maintained throughout the paper. Points and/or subtopics should be clearly conceived, presented and discussed. Make a significant effort to fully cover and reiterate the subject or theme of the paper in its conclusion. The information you present to substantiate points and topics ought to be accurately and clearly presented. The facts and the interpretation of those facts that you offer in the paper should contribute evidence to the general arguments you present. (50 points)

2. Organization and Form: Your paper should be composed in a clear and logical manner. If your paper is more of a narrative essay, events should be covered in a clear chronological outline. If your paper is more analytical or descriptive, your points should be presented in a logical sequence which enhances your general argument. Make certain that your paper has an introductory statement, a body of evidence, and a conclusion. (50 points)

3. Writing and mechanics: The writing style of your paper should be clear and concise. Your essay should be written in proper English and addressed the prospective audience of educated lay people. Be sure that each paragraph leads logically into the other and that all terms, events, people and other items are adequately defined. Be certain that all information is properly documented. Make sure that you follow the fundamentals of paragraphing, sentence structure, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Be certain that you have maintained proper margins and form. Have your essay carefully proofread for mechanics, organization, continuity, and transition. (50 points)

4. Notes: When you directly use ideas or words from one of your sources, you must cite them in footnotes or endnotes. If you directly quote your sources or use information from one source only, please include notation. Cite all notes at the end of the text or at the foot of each page. Each book source cited ought to include author, title, place of publication, publisher, year, and page number. Articles and essays cited ought to include author, title of article or essay, title of publication, volume and/or issue number, year, and page number in the forms below. Abbreviate sources noted more than once with the author' name if it is the only work by that author cited. If there is more than one work by an author cited abbreviate the notes with the author's name and abbreviated title. Examples are found below:


1. J. Solomon, The Ancient World in the Cinema (New Haven, CT.: Yale University Press, 2001), p. 7.

2. Bosley Crowther, "Romans Versus Barbarians," New York Times Film Reviews (27 March 1964): 14.

3. Cabiria, DVD, 123 min. (Italy, 1914; New York: Kino Films, 2000).

4. Salambo, VHS, 76 min. (Italy, 1914; Phoenix, AZ: Grapevine Video, 2000).

5. "The Carthaginian Law of Sacrifices, c. 400 BCE" [http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/400carthage-sacrifice.html], January 1999.

6. Aristotle, "Aristotle on the Carthaginian State" [http://www.shsu.edu/~his_ncp/AriCar.html], [n.d.]

7. Solomon, p. 37.

8. Cabiria.

(25 points)


5. Bibliography: Be sure to list all of the works you used as sources of your essay, with the exception of general reference works. Each source cited ought include author, title, place of publication, publisher, year, and page number in the form below:

Aristotle. "Aristotle on the Carthaginian State" [http://www.shsu.edu/~his_ncp/AriCar.html], [n.d.]

Cabiria. DVD, 123 min. Italy, 1914. New York: Kino Films, 2000.

"The Carthaginian Law of Sacrifices, c. 400 BCE" [http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/400carthage-sacrifice.html], January 1999.

Crowther, Bosley. "Romans Versus Barbarians." New York Times Film Reviews (27 March 1964): 14.

Salambo. VHS. 76 min. Italy, 1914. Phoenix, AZ: Grapevine Video, 2000.

Solomon, Jon. The Ancient World in the Cinema. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2001.

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