The Concept of Arete
Read the excerpts from Homer’s Iliad (Links to an external site.) Book 16 and Odyssey (Links to an external site.) Book 9, pp. 138-143 [Follow the links it you want to explore more of the text]. Explain the concept of areté with specific examples from the text and discuss what details you can determine about life in archaic Greece, include clothing and weapons, social interactions, and religion.
Your paper must be at least 775 original words in length and in MLA format. Formatting Guidelines: This essay must be well-written, and free of spelling and grammatical errors. The essay will be judged on the quality of your understanding of your chosen topic and discussion of the historiography. You should be able to organize a large body of material and facts (and too few facts that are reliable) in order to produce a coherent argument about your topic that is well organized and supported by primary and secondary sources.
Style: Times New Roman 12 point Sources: Use academic sources only. Avoid the internet as a secondary source (it can be useful for preliminary research but look up the references and use them instead). The library has a small collection of books and journals but does has access to much more online. Use JSTOR to find scholarly articles. Primary sources can be harder to find and you may need to use an online version. This is fine but be careful that it is from a reliable source. Referencing: you should use MLA Style (parenthetical) referencing