Highlands Ranch High School - Mr. Sedivy
Task: You are a Roman citizen living in the year A.D. 180. However, you are no ordinary citizenŃyou are also the Imperial historian. You work for the emperor, Marcus Aurelius. As the Imperial historian, you have completed many important assignments for the emperor, but recently Aurelius has commissioned you to research the reign of the first emperor, Caesar Augustus, and to design a monument appropriate to his memory based on that research. The design should incorporate frieze sculptures, free-standing sculptures, inscriptions, and anything else you think appropriate to symbolize the achievements of Augustus.
It is important to remember that Marcus Aurelius is a scholar himself and that he has rather high expectations for this project. Remember, too, that the last Imperial historian came to a very unfortunate end as a result of his shoddy and unprofessional work. (Marcus Aurelius takes his history very seriously!). With this in mind: Your plans for this monument must not be based on myth and legend, but on real history. They must be based on a thorough understanding of the reign of Augustus gained through the study of all the available evidence. This evidence, sometimes contradictory in what it says about Augustus, must be evaluated and used to justify your design plans. A written evaluation of the evidence will therefore accompany your monument design.
Your design will be judged acceptable or unacceptable on the basis of both the design itself and the degree to which it accurately and completely reflects the historical evidence. If your design does accurately reflect the evidence you will be greatly rewarded. If not, you will share the fate of the last Imperial historian!
Research & Writing - You will thoroughly study and evaluate the available historical records and consider the following questions:
Which of the historical sources do you judge to be most reliable? Which do you judge to be biased? Why? How might the authorŐs bias affect the historical reliability of the source?
What were the main achievements of Caesar Augustus?
After considering this question and carefully examining the evidence, you will write an essay which addresses the following question:
How was Caesar Augustus able to transform the Roman Republic into an Empire? Explain and provide support that defends your interpretation. Your answer to this question will provide the basis for part two of this assignment, namely, your monument design. Details for the format will be given to you later.
Design - You will produce architectural drawings for a monument to commemorate the reign of Augustus. Your plans should be based on the conclusions you reached in your research and study. These plans will include:
A scale drawing indicating the overall appearance and size of your design, including the location of sculptures, inscriptions and friezes.
Drawings and accompanying descriptions which illustrate the sculptures, inscriptions and friezes in detail (e.g. drawings which are enlargements of small, but important, details).
If preferred, you may make a model of your monument design.
Note: Marcus Aurelius realizes that not all historians are great artists and architects. He is mainly interested, then, in your research and your interpretation of the evidence. Professional artists can be employed later to execute your preliminary design ideas.
Value of this Assignment:
Preliminary evaluation of the evidence: 100 points
Total: 400 points
Due Date: You will have approximately ten days to complete this assignment. Exact due dates for various parts of this assignment will be announced.
Key Areas of Evaluation:
Interpretation and Evaluation of evidence (primary)
Analysis of data; Drawing conclusions
Writings From the Time of Augustus By:
The Rise of the Roman Empire
Historical Periods of
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Mr. Sedivy's History Classes
| Colorado History | American Government | Modern European History | Advanced Placement European History | Rise of England | World History |
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