Length: 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced. Citation: Use MLA format (http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/02/) . Requirements: Thesis. Your essay must be governed by a thesis that (a) responds directly to the essay topic, (b) is arguable, and (c) is stated at the end of the first paragraph having clearly defined all the central terms. Textual Support. Your thesis must be supported by major interpretive claims (topic sentences) that are supported by at least one appropriate quote per body paragraph. Your ability to select, interpret, and apply the appropriate textual evidence is key to doing well with the essay. Reasoning. You must consistently use and apply logical reasoning in developing your thesis.

Writing. Your essay must be written well. There should be no awkward sentences, rough transitions between paragraphs, incoherent paragraphs, extraneous information/unnecessary sentences, typos, or stylistic errors. Audience. You are writing for an educated audience very familiar with Homer and Virgil’s work. (You don’t need to summarize the entire epic.)


Topics: Choose ONE of the topics below.

1. Compare, analyze, and evaluate the view of justice offered by at least two of the following authors (using the assigned texts): Plato, Aristotle, Cicero.

2. Socrates attempts to refute several conceptions of justice offered at the beginning of the Republic. Write a paper in which you rehabilitate one of the views that Socrates rejects. In doing so, demonstrate how this view (or character in the dialogue) could have responded to Socrates.

3. Explain, analyze, and evaluate Socrates’ argument for the equality of men and women.

4. Socrates advocates the propagation of certain public myths in order to stabilize his republic. Given that Socrates is normally presented (by Plato) has interested in the “truth,” how should we understand his embrace of these public lies in the Republic?

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