Cause of Slave War: Roman Empire Paper History Assignment


For your short paper assignment, read these instructions carefully. For additional details, consult the syllabus.

Papers should be analytical in nature and not merely a narrative of events (e.g. Hannibal’s conquest of Italy). You must confer with your instructor before you settle on a topic and begin your research.

For each short paper, select A SPECIFIC TOPIC, more detailed than the suggestions provided below, to analyze the problem presented, marshal the evidence, and then present your own reasoned conclusions, which must be supported by the evidence and documented in the endnotes or footnotes.

The following topics are only suggestions; you may elect to pursue another topic. Your topic, even if one suggested below, must receive the instructor’s approval before you proceed.

  • Institution of slavery in the Republic
    Causes of slave war(s)
    Role and influence of women in the Republic
    Famous women in Republican history (Lucretia, Verginia,Tanaquil, Tarpeia, Sophonisba, Cornelia, Fulvia, Cleopatra, etc.)
    Cleopatra on film (fact and fiction)
    Sculpture (or architecture or coins) as political propaganda
    Economy and finances of the Republic
    Taxation during the Republic
    Institution of citizenship in the Republic
    Patronage and clientage in the Republic
    Role of mercenaries in warfare during the Republic
    Specific aspects of the army, for example, warfare, defense of the frontiers, procedures for declaration of war. etc.
    Games and entertainment in the Republic
    Assemblies and voting in the Republic
    Religious practices and worship of Republican Rome, for example, individual cults, introduction and state control of a cult, magic, prophecy and divination, astrology, etc.
    Religious practices and worship of Republican Rome’s neighbors: the Etruscans, the Celts or the Cathaginians
    Historiography in the Roman Republic (the writing of history)
    Comparison of the characterization of one individual by two biographers, for example Julius Caesar by Plutarch and Suetonius
    Rise of demagoguery and its effect on the Roman Republic
    Timekeeping and calendars in the Republic
    Education in the Republic
    Rhetoric and oratory in the Republic
    Piracy and pirate wars in the Republic
    Jurisprudence and legal systems in the Republic
    Poetry and propaganda in the age of Augustus
    Role of the Senate in the Republic
    Law enforcement in the Republic
    Public works in the Republic
    Stoicism, Neoplatonism and other philosophical schools and their influence on the Republic
    Impact of Gaius Marius on the Republic
    Impact of Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix on the Republic
    The view of the Senatorial oligarchy towards C. Iulius Caesar
    The ambitions of Cleopatra and her impact on Rome’s history
    The impact of the Roman Republic on Western constitutional thought
    The impact of the Roman Republic on Western art and architecture
    George Washington, The Cincinnatus of the West
    The Classical Revival Architecture of Thomas Jefferson
    Roman comedy as a source for Roman Republican history
    Representations of the Roman Republic in later literature and art “


When researching and writing your paper, you should use at least one of each of the following types of sources: 1) a primary source; 2) a monograph; 3) an article from an academic journal; 4) a piece from a reputable internet site.

Articles, and some books, can be accessed through the online databases available at the UMUC Library: Databases.

With regard to websites, keep in mind that a website is not reliable simply because it exists on the Internet. If you are not certain about a web site, click on this link and read the Library’s guide to evaluating web sites.

Encyclopedias are useful consulting tools, but they should never form the basis of a research paper. Encyclopedias are guides, not major sources.


The paper must be 6-8 double-spaced pages, excluding works cited. Pages should be numbered at the top right-hand corner. There are a variety of reference tools in the Library to assist you with your research.

Your paper should be double-spaced, with one-inch margins, in 12-point type.

Include endnotes or footnotes and a bibliography.

Your paper should follow the Chicago style throughout. Instructions on the Chicago style can be found at style examples or in A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Please consult with your instructor if you wish to use a different professional format.


The general rule to keep in mind is that you should avoid using a large number of endnotes/footnotes.

Conversely, whenever you use an idea which is not yours and is not considered common knowledge you should add a footnote or endnote. (Common knowledge: a fact or argument mentioned in multiple sources.)

Also, even if a fact or argument is common knowledge but you want to draw attention to a particular person’s use of it you should use an end note or footnote.