Hints and REMINDERS:
Follow the MLA format for headings and page numbers:
- You always have to set the scene for readers. Lead them into your topic before you hit them with your thesis. Try this:
o Background info about Rome
o Dates, location, great leaders, inventions, etc.
o The idea that the Empire crumbled
- You always have to remind the readers of the big events of your paper and get back to your evidence surrounding Horace’s statement. Try this:
o Remind them of the thesis – Restate it—do not simply cut and paste
o Remind them of major evidence
o Rehearse the issue concerning the validity of Horace’s statement
o Make philosophical statement
o Making the Connection:
- Your job is to agree or disagree with the words of Horace. Do not simply listed characteristics of each ancient society without making the connection between the two.
o It was not enough just to say “Rome borrowed this… Rome took that….” To say that both cultures had columns is not enough…So what? What is significant about this?
o Make the connection and answer - did Greece conquer Rome or not? For example, they both had similar religions—“so what?” Take another step and make the connection explicit.
o Make a categorical statement about the two cultures. Put it together. For example: “These developments show the contrast between the solely aesthetic Greek architecture and the practical, usable architecture of Rome.”
o This paper is ultimately about Rome. Horace’s words were about Roman culture. Greece should be used to support your opinion about Roman culture.
o Use of Evidence:
- You must find quotes or evidence that best supports your topic.
- Always set-up your quotes and blend them.
- Always cite your evidence – even when paraphrasing
- Chose the appropriate quote and explain its importance. Always ask yourself: “SO WHAT?”
Model for integrating quotes:
Set-up of quote so that the readers knows the source: “The actual quotation is here and it is excerpted if too long” (author #). Analysis of quote – not a rewording of the quote – then follows. And then the “So What?” follows where you clearly link the meaning of the quotation the purpose of your paper. You will clearly tell the reader how the quote helps. In this paper your job was to link the evidence to Horace’s statement.