Deadline: 12 noon, Tuesday 7th March 2017
Essay titles for Latinists:
- How important is narrative voice in influencing readers’ responses to events in Aeneid 8?
- ‘Vergil tempts us into thinking he will give us propaganda, but in fact delivers the truth’ (Oliver Lyne, Further Voices). To what extent is this true of Aeneid 8?
- What is the role of ecphrasis in Aeneid 8?
- Does it matter whether or not Augustus himself wrote the Res Gestae?
- Does the biographical genre of Suetonius' work render it historically void?
Essay titles for non-Latinists:
- Can we deduce attitudes to Augustus’ leadership among the non-elite at Rome?
- What impact did changes in geographical knowledge have upon perceptions of Rome's empire under Augustus?
- Did Augustus avoid all semblance of monarchy?
- Assess the extent to which the work of one poet of your choice from this period should be regarded as political in character.
- Evaluate which one individual (excluding Augustus himself) played the most important role in consolidating Augustus' position of power in his lifetime.
Deadline: 12 noon, Tuesday 6th December 2016
- To what extent were the actions of the triumvirs justified?
- Was the triumvir Lepidus an insignificant historical figure?
- Which was more important: the battle of Actium in 31 BC or the fall of Alexandria in 30 BC?
- What sort of relationship did Augustus have with the Senate?
- What factors influenced the promotion of particular rites and deities during this period?
- Can we trace a coherent agenda behind Augustan social legislation?
Please consult module bibliography + the Oxford Online Bibliography & feel free to explore further on your own, but beware of using very out-of-date resources found via the internet – DO NOT use the outdated first edition of the Cambridge Ancient History – the 2nd edition is freely available as an e-book.
You may need to consult more than one thematic section of the bibliographies. Feel free to ask the module coordinator for more guidance.
Don't forget to use primary sources extensively: the LACTOR sourcebook is crucial in helping with this. References to entries to the LACTOR should include both the original reference + the sourcebook ref. as follows:
Macrobius, Saturnalia 2.4.7 = LACTOR J15
Bibliography: include LACTOR as follows:
List of Abbreviations
LACTOR = M.G.L. Cooley, ed. (2003) The Age of Augustus (LACTOR 17: London)
Crucially, don’t forget to think about historiographical issues in composing your argument.