EUH 2011, FALL 2011 WRITING ASSIGNMENT #1 DUE, IN CLASS, SEPTEMBER 6 POLITICAL ORDER IN POLYBIUS I. Preliminaries A. Writing 1.

Obey the rules of the 5- 7 sentence, 3-part introduction: a. three sentences of pure objective data - the what, when, where, who b. two or three sentences where you deal with the question itself that arises out of this data - THE QUESTION OF SO WHAT (Never forget the question you are being asked!) c. a final sentence that offers your answer to that question in 1, 2, 3, form. 2. Keep everything simple 3. Towards the object of simplicity, write shorter rather than longer sentences, avoid clauses and weak verbs (“is,” “was”) 4. Check out Pyron’s Guide and more critically the Shorter Version 5. Remember how a proper paragraph works: Topic sentence, short at tight that sets up a mini-argument (which you have set up in the intro - See I.A1.c above) Evidence from the text that supports your ST B. Form 1. Double space, dark print, generous margins 2. Cover sheet It should NOT include your name, but should include the following: a. The question you are answering - it might help to repeat the question; the word count, title if any. 2. Blank comment sheet at end of the essay 3. Name page only at the very end. Only here, no where else in the paper should you identify yourself. 4. STAPLE all this together, upper left hand corner. C. Original Work Make your work your own. Do not use ANY sources beyond the text itself. Wiki stuff will not help; don’t use it. Panicky? Buck up. Remember you get the chance to redraft. D. Length The essay must be 500-750 words - that is, 2-3 pages. All of these words, not incidentally, should be direct and useful. You are downgraded more for bs that for shortness. II. The Problem A. Background Polis order is and will be a central focus of this course. We have covered it in various lectures already. Just so, we will treat Polybius not once but twice - thus assume its centrality in understanding the critical distinctions of Greco-Roman (Western)

civilization. Polybius and the Polybius reading raise a variety of issues in the comparison and description of the Greek and Roman political systems. While Polybius might seem to prefer (not necessarily!) the Roman one he also assumes that they are completely comparable (as opposed to some savage, barbarous or tribal system, for example). Assuming all this, here is the question. B. The question What is central to the governing systems of both the Greeks and Romans? More specifically, what are the 2-3 most critical elements of any political order as Polybius would seem to understand it.

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