THE SAME DAY I. Preliminaries A. Writing 1. Pay attention to the rules of the 5-7 sentence, 3-part introduction: a. About three sentences of pure objective data - the what, when, where, the 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 - these are “thesis elements” 2. Keep everything simple 3. Towards the object of simplicity, write shorter rather than longer sentences, avoid clauses (“of,” “to,” “at,” “while,” “although.” “that,” “which,” etc.) and weak verbs (“is,” “was”) B. Form 1. Cover sheet with a separate cover sheet for each question It should NOT include your name, but should include the following: a. The question you are answering; the word count, title if any. When answering two questions, repeat this form for the second question 2. Blank comment sheet at end of question; you do not have to have two comment sheets when answering two questions, but you must keep the question entirely separate. 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. C. Original Work Make your work your own. Do not use ANY sources beyond the text itself, not even the introduction to the poem, certainly nothing from the web or jiffy readers. II. THE QUESTIONS The assignment has TWO (2) parts; you must all do Part 1 and choose one from part two PART ONE - ALL DO

This should be about 800 words or about three pages. (You may run longer, but shorter will pose problems.) Based on Polybius, Juvenel, Livy, and The Aeneid, also VDH “Cannae,” define the two to three most critical characteristics/virtues of the Roman character and prove your argument from the assigned texts. PART TWO - CHOSE ONE This should be about 650 words, or two and a half pages. (You may run longer, but shorter will pose problems.) 1. For all the differences between Grecian and Roman culture/society, discuss three or so sources of their commonality, that is as a coherent phenomenon: “western civilization.” 2. Compare Greek and Roman religious values and how each illustrated both common characteristics or distinctive features of each. 3. Define three or so of the most important ways The Aeneid adapts or transforms Greek epic poetry.

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