The writing assignment will be graded upon the following criteria:
Argument and Structure
You should structure your paper in three main components: an introductory paragraph, where you state your thesis on the topic you will discuss; a body, where you should try to thoroughly analyze and support your thesis with evidence from primary and secondary sources clearly and coherently following a linear organization of your ideas; and a conclusion, where you validate your thesis in light of your analysis.
Knowledge and Critical Understanding
You should demonstrate that you have sufficient knowledge of the sources on which your argument rests (i.e. primary sources: ancient literary; secondary sources: interpretation of primary sources) and that you are able to manage them having come to your own understanding of their significance.
Quality of Writing
Your argument should be expressed in clear, concise, and readable English. There should be no grammar, syntax, or spelling errors. Precision and eloquence of expression will be rewarded.
You must always acknowledge your primary and secondary sources using parenthetical citation as the Chicago Manual of Style. For the Chicago citation examples you can go to:
N.B.: Originality: any work that will be suspected of plagiarism will be failed. Ideas as well as verbatim quotation must be acknowledged with foot- or endnotes. In addition, verbatim quotation must be placed within quotation marks and kept at a minimum.