Myths of Greeks Research paper (1800-2400 words)

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“Write about the following topic for your paper. You should use a combination of primary (ancient sources listed at the end) and secondary sources; five to six sources must be used. You may NOT use basic encyclopedias. No more than two of your sources may be Internet-based. (“Internet-based” means that a source was created for and is only available on the Internet. An article that first appeared in a print journal that is now available on the web would not, for example, be considered Internet-based.)

Research Topic: Consider Zeus, research and report on the different ways in which he is represented visually in media such as sculpture or painting. Does the manner of representation change over time? Which episodes from your figure’s life are represented most frequently? This paper should have a diachronic perspective—i.e., examine visual representations from several artistic periods, such as Hellenistic, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, etc.

Format requirements:

The paper is to be 1800-2400 words long, exclusive of title page, reference list, and illustrations.

The paper should have a title page stating the title of the paper and your name.

Margins are to be 1.5″ on the left margin, 1″ on all other margins. Do not put extra lines between paragraphs. In general, eschew the standard space-filling tricks.

Use a 10-point or 12-point font; you must use a standard font such as Courier, Times New Roman, or Arial; do not use a cursive or “script” font.

Text should be double-spaced throughout the paper. If used, footnotes should be single spaced.

I am mandating certain common systems for the citations and reference lists. This is either the MLA or APA style if you are using in-text citations in parentheses, or the format used by the periodical Hesperia if you are using footnotes; the latter is a nice, clear academic style that is easy to follow. You can find the full details at; a copy of the Hesperia guidelines will be available on Blackboard, too. The parts on preparation of manuscripts are not really relevant; most of what you need to know is on pages 8-11 of that publication. For MLA or APA, you should use a standard style manual. We will practice all three types during the course of the class.

NOTE CAREFULLY: page references are required with your documentation of modern sources, whether you employ MLA, APA, or Hesperia format. You are typically not citing science articles that are 1-4 pages long, so page numbers are necessary. Citations of ancient sources will follow the system I outline below and that we will practice in class. I will deduct five points from the paper grade for improper note or reference list format.


Hom. Il .2.100 = Homer, Iliad, Book 2, line 100.

Verg. Aen. 3.110-156 = Vergil, Aeneid, Book 3, lines 110-156.

Hdt. 2.91.3 = Herodotus, Histories, Book 2, Chapter 91, Section 3.

Xen. An. 1.10.6 = Xenophon, Anabasis, Book 1, Chapter 10, Section 6.

Plaut. Mil. 2.3 = Plautus, Miles Gloriosus, Act 2, Scene 3.

Plut. Vit.Flam. 2.3 = Plutarch, Life of Flaminius, Chapter 2, Section 3.

Suet. Vesp. 19 = Suetonius, Life of Vespasian, Chapter 19.

Callim. Hymn 2.50 = Callimachus, Hymn to Apollo, line 50.

Tac. Ann.4.38 = Tacitus, Annals, Book 4, Chapter 38.

I encourage you to use illustrations when appropriate for your topic. Xeroxes, however grainy, are perfectly satisfactory for this purpose. If you use illustrations, you must make specific reference to them in the text. They should be labeled as “Fig. 1, Fig. 2, Fig.3….” Do not simply xerox a bunch of pictures and add them to the end of the paper without working references to them into the text. Please do not incorporate the illustrations onto the same page as your text. Put the illustrations on separate sheets of paper and group them at the end.

Note on the texts we are using: Those are the ancient sources that should be used in this paper (at least 3)

Hesiod’s Theogony is a Greek poem divided into lines. The Theogony, along with Homer’s Iliadand Odyssey are the earliest extant pieces of Greek literature, dating to the 8th century BC.

Apollodorus’ Library is a Greek prose work divided into books and sections. The sections are given by numerals in bold type within the text. There are three regular books in which all or most of the original text has been preserved. The section on Phineus and the Harpies, for example, would be cited as 1.120 (i.e., Book 1, section 120). There is an also an epitome(summary) of sections that are incomplete or lost. Readings from the epitome are prefaced with a capital “E.” The section on the Judgment of Paris would be cited as E3.2 (i.e., Epitome, section 3.2). Virtually nothing is known about Apollodorus himself, and the date of the work is uncertain but probably falls within the 1st or 2nd century AD.

Hyginus’ Fabulae is a Latin prose work that starts with a theogony (origin of the gods) at the beginning, and then each story is numbered sequentially. Heracles’ labors, for example, are listed in Hyginus 30. As with Apollodorus, practically nothing is known about Hyginus for certain and the date of the work is the 1st or 2nd century AD.

Ovid’s Metamorphoses is a long Latin poem divided into books and lines. Ovid lived in the 2ndhalf of the 1st century BC and was a contemporary of the Roman emperor Augustus. Numerous poems of Ovid survive, but the Metamorphoses is by far the best known and was the primary source of Classical mythology for people living in the Middle Ages.

Sophocles’ Theban Plays are three separate Greek plays performed at different dramatic festivals. Each play is divided into lines. These works were written and performed somewhere between 440-401 BC, with the last play Oedipus at Colonus actually finished in 406 BC, the year of Sophocles’ death, but not performed until several years later.

Aeschylus’ Oresteia is a Greek trilogy of plays (Agamemnon, Libation-Bearers, and Eumenides) performed at the same dramatic festival in 458 BC. Each play is divided into lines.

Greek and Latin poetry does not work on the basis of rhyme or sequences of stressed syllables, as English poetry does. Rather, it works by sequences of long and short syllables. Hesiod’s Theogony and Ovid’s Metamorphoses are written in a meter called dactylic hexameter. The plays by Aeschylus and Sophocles use a base meter called iambic trimeter for dialogue, and a great variety of other meters for the parts sung by the chorus.

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