"Did Rome Fall?"


This is an opinion piece which is based upon the seminar readings and discussions, and can already prepare ideas for your research. You are supposed to develop a thesis in the beginning, and then develop arguments in support of the thesis, but also hint at possible counterarguments. You do not need to find additional research articles or books. Standard citation methods apply. The paper should be approx. 2 pages of text (12 point Times, 1.5-spaced, 1 in. margins) plus bibliography.

Grading: 10 points total

  • 5 points for complexity of the argument
  • 2 points for correct bibliography and correct citation choose either MLA or APA
  • 1 point for spelling and language
  • 1 point for structure
  • 1 point for fulfilling formal criteria (formatting, length, etc.)
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  • Plato’s Politeia / Republic can be read as an allegory of the human soul; which represents a tradition in political thought that sees the state like an organism. Livy’s telling of the parable of …