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• REPORT: A review of the significant work(s) in the field. A concentrated, digestible, accurate and well-pointed review, though least creative or personal type, may be the most academic outcome. (This type of paper may appeal to a busy mind which has no time to spare for creative efforts, but is willing to learn directly from the sources available.)
In your Bibliography (or References, or Sources):
First, list the editions (translations) of the classical authors: alphabetically, by the author’s name and work, accompanied by the name of the translator; the publisher and the year of publication.
Next, list the critical works alphabetically by the scholar’s name; the title of the book or article; the journal or publisher; the year of publication.
In larger lists of reference, the year is often brought up first (printed under the name of the author on the left side of the page). Whatever is your choice of bibliographic style, be consistent.
o Throughout your paper:
Refer to the passages from classical authors by the author’s name; the title; the traditional line/ paragraph numbers given in your translation. (You may, if you choose, use the standard abbreviations adopted in classical scholarship; not required for term papers.)
If your translation does not indicate the traditional lines/ paragraphs adopted in the editions of classical authors, then refer to the book page of your translation.
Reference to the classical passages (loci classici) is given in parentheses within the text: do not make a footnote at the bottom of the page.
Refer to the scholarly works by the author’s name; the year of publication and the page quoted.
Footnotes with critical reference at the bottom of the pages are becoming optional; you may as well refer to your sources in parentheses within the major text. Let the style be your choice.
IF YOU QUOTE VERBATIM FROM A CRITICAL WORK, use the quotation mark and INDICATE YOUR SOURCE. (Web-references are getting rather common these days.) Extensive direct quotation with no recognition of the source will be deemed plagiarism.
• Essential considerations:
o Preface your paper with an introductory paragraph (a concise digest of your work – actually, to be written last, but first to meet the reader’s attention) – state your theme; highlight its important aspects; share preliminary results, etc. – prepare the reader to what will follow.
o Conclude your paper with a paragraph of a summary (basically, repeat the same preview as a review, reminding the reader, who already knows what you have to say, of what it is you wish to be known.
o Within the paper, divide your flow of though into paragraphs. (For longer papers, small section subtitles may be helpful.) Take care to provide a smooth transition between the ideas/ sections of your paper.
• What will count:
o Correct diction/ spelling/ syntax.
o Style of presentation/ editorial quality.
o Pertinence of your paper to the nature of the course.
o Extent of the knowledge of the material. (You do not have to pile up irrelevant information; your grasp of the data is apparent from the way you handle your subject.)
o The quality of critical argument: analysis; insight; supporting data.
o Organization of the data.
Paper evaluation will equally accommodate the elements of logical argument; personal insight and organizational skills, making room the variety of individual interests and academic tastes.
o Chose a topic that engages/ entertains you most. E.g.:
Discuss a character/ type.
Discuss an episode/ typical situation.
Compare the parallel elements, episodes or themes in different authors.
Discuss the author’s position on a specific issue.
Trace a theme: childhood; arts; hunt; dreams; gifts; love, etc. Discuss their functions and related metaphors.
Write a review of a book or several related articles.
PAPER GRADING INGREDIENTS:
Title present – 5%
Pages numbered – 5%
Bibliography appended – 10%
Correct language: spelling, syntax, punctuation – 10%
Thematic correspondence to the subject of the course – 10%
Technique of reference: consistent, systematic, correct – 10%
Use of the primary sources – 10%
General familiarity with the subject – 10%
Organization – 15%
Argument – 15%