write a research-based paper focusing on the portrayal of the Roman Emperor Commodus (and/or the state of the Roman Empire during his reign) in film versus his portrayal by contemporaries and scholars.

write a research-based paper focusing on the portrayal of the Roman Emperor Commodus (and/or the state of the Roman Empire during his reign) in film versus his portrayal by contemporaries and scholars.

Research Paper Instructions

You will write a 4–6-page research-based paper (not counting title page and bibliography) focusing on the portrayal of the Roman Emperor Commodus (and/or the state of the Roman Empire during his reign) in film versus his portrayal by contemporaries and scholars.

In addition to the Gary North review (found in the Reading & Study folder), you must use at least 2 primary sources (such as Cassius Dio) and 4 secondary sources (e.g., monographs, scholarly journal articles, etc.). Be sure to provide a clear thesis statement based on your research.

The paper must be typed, double-spaced, and in current Turabian format (with title page and bibliography).

250-300 words

Responses should discuss the author’s argument, the evidence used, the historical context, the author’s worldview, the contribution the reading makes to our class content, or connections to other readings. (Depending on whether the reading is a primary or secondary source, you may not be able to discuss all of those elements for each reading.) In general, you should not discuss your personal reaction to the reading. These should be formal Word documents with a paragraph structure that have been proofread for grammar and spelling errors.