The assignment is to provide a brief report on the Greek colony you selected from the Hat of Fate.  The objective of the assignment is not merely for you to discover significant information about an ancient Greek polis, but for you to gain familiarity with the variety of sources available and to practice gathering and processing the information.  Be sure that you cite the sources of your information and, preferably, the ancient sources on which that information is based.  Your report will be evaluated on the extent to which you trace the information about the colonization of your city back to the primary sources, be they the ancient literary sources or the modern archaeological sources.  You should specify the nature of your sources' evidence, textual or archaeological, ancient or modern.  You should cite the information you have collected in such a way that anyone reading your report would be able to find the source you mention quickly and easily.  For a standard bibliographic format for modern print materials, you can use the model of the bibliography in Buckley. 

            Your report should provide the reader with information on the location of the colony, the date of its foundation, the peoples associated with its foundation (including any important oikist), the important surviving remains (especially extraurban and periurban sanctuaries), and a brief history of the colony, describing any events you consider significant.  You should consider how the foundation stories associated with the colony reflect familiar patterns.  Any illustrations you can provide in this report will enhance its quality.  Maps, of course, are particularly helpful, but pictures of coinage, landscape, important temples or other buildings, etc. can also convey important information to your reader.  Your report should be at least 4 double-spaced pages of text (not counting any maps or other illustrations), given reasonable font and margins (e.g. Garamond 12 pt., 1" margins).  The report is due before the beginning of this class, on Monday, September 22.


Some Starting Points

on the web:

Brill's New Pauly (electronic, updated, English version of Paulys Real-EncyclopŠdie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft): look in Tripod under Title = New Pauly

Perseus Project (collection of texts, images, and dictionaries):

Hellenic Ministry of Culture - list of archaeological sites:

Note:  Wikipedia is only occasionally helpful, and most of its useful information is culled from sources on Perseus. I want you to track down the original sources of that information.  Google Books search can often provide the full text of difficult to find books or at least give you a snippet to see whether it is worth tracking down the physical book.


in the library:

Oxford Classical Dictionary     DE5 .O9 2003 in Carpenter Reference section


on reserve in Carpenter:

The Greek World, ed. G. Pugliese Carratelli f DG55.M3 G713 1996
another copy is under the title of The Western Greeks f DF77.g74713 1996

The Greek cities of Magna Graecia and Sicily, ed.  Luca Cerchiai
 DG55.M3 C4713 2004  two copies on reserve in Carpenter

Religion and colonization in ancient Greece.  I. Malkin (1987). BL795.C57 M35 1987


 [don't overlook the items in the bibliography at the end of Buckley ch. 2]



Basic Guidelines and Recommendations:


1. The papers are due before the beginning of class or at the time our class would begin if we had class on that day. If you need an extension, you must contact me more than 24 hours before the paper is due. As a general rule, the further in advance you contact me, the longer the extension I might be willing to give.


2. The papers should be type-written, double-spaced, with reasonable fonts and margins (e.g., my default font and margin settings are Garamond 12 point with 1 inch margins).


3. Please number the pages and clip, not staple, them together. Please ensure that your name is on at least the first page, if not in a header on every page. Also on the first page should be my name, the course title, the date, and the number of the assignment.


4. Make sure you read the question carefully. Your thesis and main points should be clearly stated and well-supported with citations from the text. Be sure to cite the sources for your information carefully and accurately so that a reader could quickly and easily check your reference. Please cite the book and chapter numbers from the ancient sources (e.g. Herodotus, Thucydides, Diodorus Siculus) for your quotations, not page numbers. Modern references such as Buckley should be cited using the bibliographic conventions found in Buckley's bibliography at the end of his textbook. You should bear in mind the spirit of the Bryn Mawr Honor Code in all aspects of the assignment.  Giving credit to your sources is not only the fair thing to do, it is also the task of any serious, scholarly historian. 


5. Please ensure that your paper is free from errors of spelling and grammar. I find such errors terribly distracting. The spell-checker in most word processors is useful, but you should proofread the paper yourself as well. You might try exchanging papers with a classmate and proofreading each other's papers. Another person can often catch the errors you have missed.


6. Not only are late papers anti-social, but they will be penalized unless you have obtained an extension from me before the day on which the paper is due. For every 24 hours the paper is late (including weekend days!), the grade will be lowered by one step (e.g., from 3.7 to 3.3).