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Vox Audita Perrit, Literra Scripta Manet....
The heard word is lost, the written letter remains...
I was going through the course profile for Roman Revolution again and deciding what essay topics to do, and I came upon this one for the second half of the course:

4. "[Pompey's] career opened in fraud and violence [and was] prosecuted, in war and peace, through illegality and treachery." (R.Syme, The Roman Revolution, Oxford, 1939: p28) Do you agree with Syme's appraisal of Pompey's career?

This is, word for word, an essay question that I got in grade 12 ancient history. I swear! I even got carolinebishop to take at look at one of my drafts at the time. Ha, if only I could hand that in....but alas, no, because my essay writing back then was appalling and my mark on the essay wasn't terrific. But I have learned much since then, so I think I might end up choosing this topic. As much as I hated writing about Pompey the first time around, the other questions for the second essay don't really tickle my fancy, save for one about whether or not Cicero was right to prosecute the Catalinarian conspirators.

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kapitankraut From: kapitankraut Date: July 24th, 2006 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Is the text the quote comes from a "standard work" on Ancient Rome?
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: July 24th, 2006 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Republican Rome, yes.
kapitankraut From: kapitankraut Date: July 24th, 2006 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Didn't know there was exactly a difference between Ancient and Republican, but my Ancient teacher was appalling.

I guess with that information my eyebrows should go down a bit, since it isn't as surprising that the questions were identical.
normandie_m From: normandie_m Date: July 24th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Ancient Rome tends to cover the whole history. The Republic is Rome from the time when the tyrant king Tarquin II was deposed in 510 BC to the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. When Octavian established peace after the civil wars and became Augustus in 27 BC, that tends to be considered the starting point for the Roman Empire.

I can't remember at the moment whether my teacher made the distinction, but I suppose it's similar to how ancient Egyptian history is divided into the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms.
kapitankraut From: kapitankraut Date: July 24th, 2006 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, that makes a fair bit of sense. I've never been the biggest fan of periodisation of history anyway, since it just results in people saying "I'm not really a specialist in pre-modern [country]" too often, but that division makes sense to a neophyte like me.
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