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Map of Classical Greece

INDEX
    1. Assignment Schedule
2. Required Essays (4)
3. Essay Guidelines
GUIDE # 1
GUIDE # 2 
GUIDE # 3
       GUIDE # 4      
   4. Great Books Glossary  
        5. Writing Component Policies
            6. Review of Grammar & Terms
           7. Ten Ways to Start a Sentence
                          8. How to Read and Evaluate your Work
           9. The Difficulty of Writing Well
           10. Before You Submit Your Work


GBT1 Assignment Schedule  First Semester
   
(For correspondence students in the extension program.)

Week/Book/Section 
 
  1. The Iliad, Books 1-2
    2. The Iliad, Books 3-5
    3. The Iliad, Books 6-9
     4. The IliadBooks 10-13
     5. The Iliad, Books 14-18
     6. The Iliad, Books 19-24
     7. The Odyssey, Books 1-8
     8. The Odyssey, Books 9-16
     9. The Odyssey, Books 17-24
   10. The Three Theban Plays, King Oedipus, pp. 159-198
  11. The Three Theban Plays, King Oedipus, pp. 199-251
  12.              "         "         "    , Oedipus at Colonus, pp. 283-388
  13.             "         "         "    , Antigone, pp. 59-96
   14. The Three Theban Plays, Antigone, pp. 97-128
  15. The Oresteia, Agamemnon, pp. 99-139
   16.       "         "             "         "         pp. 140-173
            END OF FIRST SEMESTER

GBT1 Assignment Schedule  Second Semester

Week/Book/Section 
    1. The Oresteia, The Libation Bearers, pp. 173-227
    2.      "         "    , The Eumenides, pp. 227-279
    3.  The Poetics, pp. 665-712
    4.  Gorgias, pp. 19-74
   5.  Gorgias, pp. 74-111
    6.  Gorgias, pp. 111-149
    7.  The Rise & Fall of Athens, pp. 13-109   
    8.  The Rise & Fall of Athens, pp. 109-206
    9.  The Rise & Fall of Athens, pp. 207-319
  10.  The Histories, Pt. 1, Book I;
  11.  The Histories, Pt. 2, Books   II (50-53, 112-120); III (37-87)
  12.  The Histories, Pt. 3, Books V (91-93, 105); VI (42-48, 56-72, 94-120)
  13.  The Histories, Pt. 4, Book VII
  14.  The Histories, Pt. 5, Books VIII; IX 
  15.  The Last Days of Socrates, The Euthyphro, pp. 7-27; The Apology, pp. 37-67
  16.        "         "         "         "      Crito, pp. 76-92; Phaedo, pp. 109-191
              END OF SECOND SEMESTER            
                                                                               
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Required Essays
GBT Extension students are required to write four essays during the year (two per/semester). 

GBT 1 Essay Topics:
 
    1) Essay # 1- Iliad Narrative Essay: Book I or the Whole Iliad (500-1000 words):
         See the Essay Guide # 1 for more information. 
    2) Essay # 2- Odyssey Expository Essay: What Made a Greek Hero? (300-500 words):
          See the Essay Guide # 2 for more information. 
    3) Essay # 3- Antigone Persuasive Essay: Was Antigone Right or Wrong? (250-400 words):
          See the Essay Guide # 3 for more information. 
    4) Essay # 4- Aeschylus Expository Essay: What Was Aeschylus' Solution to the Cycle of Violence?
          (300-500 words): See the Essay Guide # 4 for more information. 


GBT 2 Essay Topics

    1) Essay #1- Thucydides Expository Essay: What Caused the Fall of Athens? 
         Explain the causes that contributed to the fall of Athens (300-500 words).  
    2) Essay # 2- Republic Persuasive Essay: Are Plato's Civic Virtues Relevant? 
        Take a position in regard to the question of whether Plato's virtues are needed or would be
         helpful in our culture today (for or against) and present your reasons as persuasively as
          possible to someone who may disagree with you (750-1000 words). 
    3) Essay # 3- Aeneid Expository Essay: Virgil's Use of Homer.   Make a literary comparison
         of Virgil's Aeneid with Homer's Iliad and Odyssey.   Explain how Virgil made use of Homer's
         two Greek epics in constructing his own original, single Roman epic (500-750 words). 
   4) Essay # 4- Aristotle Persuasive Essay: Are the Nicomachean Ethics Relevant?  Take a
         position in regard to the question of whether Aristotle's ethical approach is needed or would
         be helpful in our culture today (for or against) and present your reasons as persuasively as
         possible to someone who may disagree with you (750-1000 words). 

Essay Format Requirements:
 
1. Copy and paste all of your papers into email.  File attachments will not be accepted. 
     Send your essay in an email to Dr. Lund at nlund@oxfordtutorials.com  In the "Subject"
     line of the email put your name, the class, and the number of the essay, as follows:

    To:                Dr. Norm Lund
    Subject:        S. Wilson GBT2 Paper 1

2. Place a heading in the top corner of each essay, with your name, the class, the number
    of the essay, and the date, as follows:


     Susan Wilson
     GBT 2, Paper # 1
     Oct. 18, 2008

3. Put your title at the top of the paper, in the center of the page.  Every essay must have a title.
    Here are some examples:

    a. Why Did Athens Fall?
    b. Are Plato's Civic Virtues Needed Today?
    c. Virgil's Use of Homer
    d. Are Aristotle's Ethics Still Relevant?

4. The body of the paper should begin at the left margin and should be in block paragraph form.
    This means that you will not indent at the beginning of paragraphs, but will instead be sure to
     hit "enter" twice at the end of your paragraphs so that a line is skipped between paragraphs.
 
     Each paragraph should have at least three sentences. 

5. The opening paragraph should state the main idea you wish to get across.  The middle paragraph(s)
     should give your arguments and/or evidence.  The conclusion should briefly summarize the point(s)
    which you have attempted to communicate.

6. Extensions on the due date will be given only for legitimate emergencies such as severe illnesses. 
    Otherwise, late papers will not be accepted.

            

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