Research one of the ‘lost’ historians of Alexander the Great; to imagine how that historian would have recounted a famous event from Alexander’s life, and to compare your invention of that account with the later ancient sources for that event presented in Romm
Ephippus on the sack of Thebes:
Find out about him. Who he was, his beliefs. Find a JSTOR source about him. Professor said you will most likely not find anything on the Sack of Thebes because it is a “lost History”.
Be creative! Did Ephippus agree with Alexander, did he disagree. Was Ephippus bias? Write as though writing from Ephippus’s perspective, his eyes.
3: Self-explanatory on the guideline sheet below:
99W Final Project
The writing of history reached the ancient equivalent of the Digital Age with Alexander the Great. As a
political figure, Alexander was uniquely aware of the power of his public image and was accompanied by
a range of historians and propagandists on his campaign. After his death, the war for his memory took
place as much on the battlefields of the eastern Mediterranean as in the manifold books that discussed his
life and career. The vast majority of these authors and works are known to us today only through the
chance preservation of a scrap of papyrus or casual quotation in other, better-attested authors.
Nevertheless, it is often the case that such evidence provides some indication about the content, style, and
the bias of the source in question.
The final project for 99W asks you: to research one of the ‘lost’ historians of Alexander the Great; to
imagine how that historian would have recounted a famous event from Alexander’s life, and to compare
your invention of that account with the later ancient sources for that event presented in Romm.
1. Research (ca. 350 words). Your TA will assign one of the following five pairs of authors and events to
each of you:
Ephippus on the sack of Thebes
For your assigned author, write a 350-word assessment of the potential value of your source for the event
in question-based on your reading of each of the following:
A. B. Bosworth on the sources for Alexander the Great (posted on E-learn)
A chapter from L. Pearson’s The Lost Histories of Alexander the Great (relevant chapters will be
posted on E-learn)
one additional scholarly article from JSTOR that is relevant to the topic; you are responsible for
locating this article
Refer to each of these works in your assessment. Cite this scholarship using Chicago-style formatting.
2. Invention (ca. 300 words). Using your research on the source and your knowledge of the event from
your reading of the later materials collected in Romm, write a 300-word account of this event in the voice
of the source that you have been assigned. Be imaginative and detailed.
3. Commentary (ca. 350 words). Describe what your ‘source’ contributes to the understanding of the event in
question. How does your ‘source’ compare to the extant sources? What are its strengths and weaknesses?
Does your ‘source’ have any broader implications for understanding Alexander’s life and career?
This 1000-word final project is due on Monday, June 2 at 5:10 pm on E-learn. Please clearly indicate your
section number in your heading. The assignment is worth 10 points; late papers will be penalized 10% for
each day late.
In the event that you have difficulty submitting the paper on E-learn, email your TA; papers must be
submitted in .doc or .docx format.
|Academic Level||College (3-4 years: Junior, Senior)|
|Paper Type||Critical thinking|
|Number of Pages||4 Page(s)/1100 words|
|Paper Format||Chicago / Turabian|