Students will be required to write three papers for this course:
Due on session 8.
Five pages in length and worth 20%, this paper will take the form of a critical analysis of the accounts of Augustus and/or Nero in Tacitus and/or Suetonius. Students may devise their own topic or write on one of the following:
Due on session 15.
Five pages in length and worth 20%. The aim of the exercise for Paper 2 is to develop your skills in the interpretation of the art and architecture of the Imperial period as a medium through which images of emperors were created and disseminated.
Your Paper 2 should focus on one of the following Augustan monuments:
In developing your interpretation of your chosen monument, you should be thinking about a range of questions including the following:
Demonstrating an understanding of Zanker's argument(s) about images in the Age of Augustus is also required. What does Zanker have to say about your chosen monument? How does he employ the monument as part of his wider argument about the power of images under Augustus?
To help you further in the preparation of your paper, you should read the relevant chapter from Karl Galinsky, Augustan Culture (1996), which will provide you with a second opinion with which to compare Zanker.
Due on session 26.
Ten pages in length and worth 35%, this paper will consist of a wider-ranging analysis and will provide students the opportunity, and space, to bring together various aspects of the course in a longer work of synthesis. The grading of the final paper will be broken down as follows: 5% for a substantial outline of the paper, due on session 21; 5% for a short presentation to the class, followed by a brief discussion, of your argument and the evidence on which it will rest (presentations will take place in Week 13); and the remaining 25% for the paper itself.