For this assignment, you will compare one aspect of two civilizations we will discuss in this course. You will choose any two civilizations. They can be from any chapter that we are discussing. After you choose the civilizations, look at their social, political, economic, religious, or military characteristics. Choose one of these features, research how each of your civilizations developed the specific characteristic you are researching further. You will then compare and contrast them. To do this, you will look at the ways they are similar, and then discuss how they differ and why. Remember, for a compare and contrast paper, you must address the same elements and characteristics of each civilization and discuss them from each side.
You could compare the religious characteristics between the Greeks and Romans. To create a successful paper, you would discuss their origin myths, their pantheons, and they way that the temples in both regions were influenced by or had influence on the states. Some things to remember with a topic such as this, Greece never had a specific Greek society and therefore you would need to look at the different city-states (poleis) and how they integrated religion into their rule. Rome borrowed heavily from the Greek pantheon but altered it and you would need to describe how those alterations made it different. Christianity was not an official Roman religion, at least until near the end of the Empire and therefore had much less of an influence on the development of Roman history than the older belief systems. A stronger paper would look at the earlier religions because of how they shaped Rome. Christianity’s influence was much more influential on the development of Europe than on Rome.
For any topic you choose, think critically about what you are discussing and the role it played in these civilizations, and choose accordingly.
Technical and Formatting Requirements:
These guidelines must be followed completely in order for a paper to be complete. A Short Paper Assignment allows you, early in the course, to demonstrate your research skills to your instructor and to receive feedback that will benefit you when you write your research paper. With this assignment, you will learn how to do proper and adequate research and write a short paper and prepare you for writing the research paper.
This short paper is at least three double-spaced pages of text (Times New Roman, font size 12) and you must consult a minimum of two academically credible sources. Bibliographies and citations will be in the Chicago Manual of Style format.
The short paper needs to be turned in through the assignment section for grading. If you use any of the information from your sources word-for-word, you must cite the source by using endnotes or footnotes. If you read the information and write it in your own words and it is not common knowledge, then you must cite the source because you are paraphrasing someone’s information.
The short paper must include a cover page with your name, course number and course title, instructor’s name, and date. You must also include a bibliography at the end of your paper. While composing your paper, use proper English. Do not use abbreviations, contractions, passive voice, or first/ second person (I, you, we, our, etc). Before submitting your paper, check your grammar and use spell check. Remember, the way you talk is not the way you write a paper. Please label your paper as follows: lastnamefirstnameHIST111ShortPaper.
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