Write an essay of XXXXXXXXXXwords on three of the following topics. Be sure to answer at least one essay in Part I and one in Part II. The third essay may be from either Part I or II.
· In your essay, provide as much accurate, detailed information as you can from the sources you use. Identify each source by the author’s or artist’s name.
· In each essay provide at least three quotations that are properly cited from your sources. (If your source is a film or TV episode, use a line of dialogue or a specific scene.)
· Be sure to answer all aspects of each topic you choose.
1. Moral Leadership & Violent Death. Both Cicero and Hypatia witnessed an escalation of conflict in their societies that prompted them to take action as moral leaders. Using ancient sources, describe two specific ways each tried to reduce or resolve the conflict. What’s your explanation for why their efforts at moral leadership led them to a violent death at the hands of others?
1. Narration & Truth. Describe three moments or scenes in Robert Graves’ I, Claudius when Graves uses Claudius as both a victim of autocratic power and an eyewitness to it. In your opinion how is Graves presenting Claudius as a more truthful narrator of history than the Roman biographer Suetonius?
2. Death: Tragedy or Farce? Choosing three out of these four versions of the following lives, describe the death of the individual, explain whether you find their deaths tragic or farcical, and indicate why the author represented the death this way. (a) Shakespeare’s Mark Antony; (b) Shakespeare’s Cleopatra; (c) Suetonius’ Nero; (d) Amenábar’s Hypatia (in Agora).