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Your Name/Hr:______________

POPULUS ROMANUS
PHASE ONE: Profile Page

Your work in Phase One will prepare for the later phases of the project. Central to Phase One is
the creation of an annotated list of references which will identify sources of information on your
subject. While your research will by no means end after Phase 1, the more work you do now, the
better prepared you will be for the rest of the project!

Due: Emailed or Google Docs to me with subject line “Profile Page” by May 2.

Your Figure:

Annotated List of References: Underneath the proper category (primary source or secondary
source), provide citations for your sources.* Briefly describe the information in the source and
explain how it might be useful to you. Identify the location of relevant information as
specifically as possibly so that you can find the information later.

Note: You must consult a minimum of three sources for this project, and at least one must be a
primary source. The more primary sources, the better! (The number of primary sources for a
figure will vary from one to several.)

PRIMARY SOURCE(S)

1)

Description:

2)

Description:

3)

Description:

4)

Description:
(And so on)

SECONDARY SOURCES

1)

Description:

2)

Description:

3)

Description:

4)

Description:

(And so on)
BIOGRAPHY: If you have a specific figure, provide a biographical summary. Include where
you lived and the time period. If you have a generic figure (architect, gladiator, slave, etc.), write
about what is known of the lives of members of that group.

SIGNIFICANCE: Why was your figure significant in Roman history? If you have a generic
figure, why was your group important?
INTERESTS, HOBBIES, SKILLS: Is your figure known to have had particular interests,
hobbies, or skills?
APPEARANCE: Is anything known of your figure’s appearance?

EVENTS: What do you think the most important events in your figure’s life were? What might
be fun or interesting to “act out” or discuss on POPULUS ROMANUS?

ASSOCIATES: Who were important people in your figure’s life? If you have a generic figure,
who interacted with (or wrote about) people of your group? (For now, try to identify at least
five. Note that there is a good chance some or all of these figures may NOT appear on
POPULUS ROMANUS.)

Name:
Relationship to figure:

Name:
Relationship to figure:

Name:
Relationship to figure:

Name:
Relationship to figure:

Name:
Relationship to figure:
*A Note on Citations

For secondary sources, you will make use of the same citation style you used for the
research paper. The packet you were given should help you cite many of your
sources. However, ancient sources are often cited using a different format. Here is
the format you can use for citing ancient sources in this project:

Identify ancient author, name of specific work. Identify library series, if provided.
Identify name of translator and copyright date, if provided. If accessed online,
provide link.

Examples:

Augustus, The Deeds of the Divine Augustus. Trans. Robert Bushnell, 1998. Online:
http://classics.mit.edu/Augustus/deeds.html

Plutarch, Life of Marius. Penguin Classics. Trans. Rex Warner, 1958.

Suetonius, Life of Vespasian. Loeb Library. Trans. Robert Graves, 1957.

TWO ADDITIONAL NOTES

1) If you are making use of primary source excerpts from a sourcebook (such as
Classroom Books), cite the sourcebook as a “normal” book. Within your
annotation, describe the excerpts that are useful. Make a note of page
numbers. For example:

On p. 112-113, an excerpt is provided of a letter from Cicero to his friend


Atticus. It sheds light on Cicero’s views on Octavian and indicates the
confidence Cicero had in his own judgment.

2) For works like those of Plutarch and Suetonius, “chapter” numbers are
sometimes provided alongside the text. When you need to identify the
specific location of material from these sources during this project, make use
of these numbers rather than page numbers. For example:

This primary source provides a great amount of information on Octavia. It discusses Octavia’s
relationship with Octavian, the decision to marry her to Antony, and the wedding itself (Ch. 31).
It also relates Octavia’s attempts to prevent war between her brother and her husband (Ch. 35).
If you have any questions about the format for your annotated bibliography, please consult your
bibliography sheet or this document. If you still have questions, please let me know!

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