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Essay 2

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:
  1. Can we deduce attitudes to Augustus’ leadership among the non-elite at Rome?
  2. What impact did changes in geographical knowledge have upon perceptions of Rome's empire under Augustus?
  3. Did Augustus avoid all semblance of monarchy?
  4. Assess the extent to which the work of one poet of your choice from this period should be regarded as political in character.
  5. Evaluate which one individual (excluding Augustus himself) played the most important role in consolidating Augustus' position of power in his lifetime.

Essay 1
Deadline: 12 noon, Tuesday 6th December 2016

  1. To what extent were the actions of the triumvirs justified?
  2. Was the triumvir Lepidus an insignificant historical figure?
  3. Which was more important: the battle of Actium in 31 BC or the fall of Alexandria in 30 BC?
  4. What sort of relationship did Augustus have with the Senate?
  5. What factors influenced the promotion of particular rites and deities during this period?
  6. 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bibliography + the Oxford Online Bibliography & feel free to explore further on your own, but beware of using very out-of-date resources found via the internet – DO NOT use the outdated first edition of the Cambridge Ancient History – the 2nd edition is freely available as an e-book.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.