Spectacles of Blood:
Roman Gladiators and Christian Martyrs
Paper Form Analysis Page
These requirements relate to the form of your
paper. They are non-negotiable. The failure to satisfy any
formal requirement will result in the loss of ten  points
from your paper grade for each failure. Thus, a paper with 100
points without a title will receive no more than 90 points (A-); a
paper without a title and without page numbers will receive no more
than 80 points (B-).
- Your paper must have a title that
relates to the content of the paper. Thus, a paper with the
title "First Year Seminar Paper," or "Paper," does not satisfy
this requirements. Conversely, a paper with a title like "The
Circus Maximus," will satisfy the requirement. I have found
personally, that spending time thinking of a good title actually
helps you formulate and refine your thesis. Thus, a title like
"Spectator Sport: The experience of the audience in the Circus
Maximus," is significantly better than "The Circus Maximus."
- Your paper must have page
numbers. I would prefer that they be typed, but I will
accept handwritten. Because I provide comments on papers, I need
page numbers (e.g., the comment. "this section repeats the
argument you made on page 3," is more difficult for me to make if
you don't have page numbers.)
- Length: The first draft must be
five pages long with a word count between 1400 and 1600 words
(excluding footnotes). Don't bother messing with font type and
size. Do a word count on your text and put the word count on your
cover page. Note, I penalize excessive brevity and excessive
length equally. If you can only come up with three pages, you need
to reformulate your thesis. If you can only say what you have to
say in 12 pages you either need a) to edit some more; or b)
reformulate your thesis. The second draft must be four (4)
pages long (a word count betwee 1100 and 1300 words).
- If you cite primary and/or secondary
sources in your paper, your paper must have a Bibliography
page, which contains the name and citation of the primary evidence
and secondary scholarship you have read in preparing your
paper. Include material which you read, but chose not to
include in your paper. For example, you might read 10 letters of
Cicero or 5 articles about him, but only quote two letters and 2
articles in your paper. I still want to see everything you've
- A bibliographical entry for primary
evidence should include the name of the author and text you are
- A citation entry for primary evidence
should include the author's name, work and the page of the work
to which you refer or which you quote.
- A bibliographical entry for secondary
scholarship should include the name of the author, title of the
book or article, name, year and volume number of the journal in
which articles appear as well as the first and last page of the
article [e.g., J. Bigshot, A New Light on Arpinum,
93 Journal of Roman Studies (1983) 27-54], place and year
of publication for books [e.g., J. Bigshot, Ciceronian
Studies (Oxford, 1993)].
- A citation entry for secondary
scholarship should include all the information included in the
bibliographical entry, as well as the page your cite refers to.
[e.g. J. Bigshot, A New Light on Arpinum, 93 Journal
of Roman Studies (1983) 27-54, p. 42.
- The Bates
College Statement on Plagiarism
contains excellent information about citation format. You
should refer to it and ask me about any questions you have
about citation form which the Statement doesn't answer. Other
good books to consider are Kate L. Turabian. A Manual for
Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
(University of Chicago Press) [this is what I used in
college] and University of Chicago Press. A Manual of Style
[this is what I used in grad school - either is great,
Turabian is easier to use than the Chicago
The papers you write in this class will be
essays, not research papers. However, you may want to use articles
we've read for class in them. If you do, you need to cite them and
include them in a bibliography. You will certainly need to refer
to, and hence cite primary sources in our essays. Include these in
your bibliography as well.
- Your paper must have a cover page
which contains the following information:
- Your name.
- The paper's title.
- The paper's word count.
Unless I have overwhelming evidence to the
contrary, I will assume that your failure to conform to the formal
paper requirements indicates that you don't care about your paper.
Since I do give care about it, this would be a rather unfortunate
assumption for me to have when grading your paper.
- Cover Page
- Page Numbers
- Your Name
- Word Count
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