The paper (3-5 pages long) is due Mon., Nov. 8, in class.
As in the case of the first paper: the below topics are suggestions. If you want to write on another topic, feel free to do so. It might be a good idea, however, in that case, to check with one of us first.
Note that the topics tend to have many sub-questions. You need not (and probably should not) try to answer all of them. (You certainly should not just answer them one after another in order--that would make a bad paper.) I put them there to suggest various directions for thinking about the topic, and in particular to head off superficial or excessively simple ways of thinking about it.
Most of these topics require you to contrast the views or attitudes of different authors and/or characters. When you contrast two or more things, you should avoid saying just ``X is A; Y is B.'' Try to say what the difference means, why it is surprising and/or important.
It would be best to use material from at least two different works, including at least one by Plato. In many cases it would be better if you use more--though not, obviously, to such an extent that you don't have enough space to treat your individual examples carefully. The emphasis is on the texts we have read since the Iliad, but you are allowed and even encouraged to use the Iliad, as well (and, as usual, you can even use outside sources if you think they are relevant, although it should still be clear that the paper was written for this course).
As before, refer to the Iliad by book and line numbers, and to Plato by Stephanus numbers; use line numbers for Aristophanes. You can cite Xenophon and Diogenes Laertius by page number in the copies I hand out. In all these cases, you need give information about the translation you used only if it's different from the one I ordered. Once again, you need give full bibliographical references only if you for some reason bring in an outside source.