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Hellenism and the Coming of Rome (Hist 3361): Massage your topic

Supports Dr. Ronald Weber's class, providing research help for students.

What do you do with a topic when you've chosen it?

  • Be sure you can find multiple primary sources and critiques of them. Remember: you are writing an historiographical paper. Analyzing your sources is a major part of your paper.
  • Treat your topic in an interesting way so that you can state a thesis and prove or disprove it.  Take a developmental or comparative approach, not a simple descriptive approach.
  • How did something change over time? For example, you might compare the early law codes of Rome with later ones. To narrow this topic, you might research the changes in laws about voting rights.
  • Compare the treatment of the topic in different countries or cultures. For example, you might compare the occurrence, diagnosis, and treatment of malaria in ancient Greece and ancient Rome.


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