Lexander the Great: The Anabasis and the Indica
A critical essay that expresses what Arrian, Alexander the Great: The Anabasis and the Indica (Oxford: OUP, 2013) means to you. It reflects a close reading of the work, contains specific examples drawn from the work (documented parenthetically with page numbers), and provides your well-considered opinion of the worki??s strengths and/or shortcomings. The essay demonstrates that you have read the book, internalized and contextualized its arguments, and can articulate and substantiate your reactions to it. Ask yourself the following questions as you prepare to write a reader response paper. You doni??t need to include the answers to these questions in your paper, but they can help you organize your thoughts and decide what youi??d like to write about in your response.
-What were the central themes of the book? Did the author, in your opinion, do a decent job of following through on those themes? Why or why not?
-What parts of the book did you like the most, and why?
How does this book relate to what interests you about ancient history? What did you learn from it? If you didni??t learn much, why was that? What questions did this text leave you with? What would you like to learn more about?
1. Introduction/theme: 1-2 paragraphs that i??set the stagei?? for what will follow.
2. Background: 2-3 paragraphs that introduce the book, its main arguments and context in which it was written, and place the text in its context.
3. Analysis: use the remainder of the paper to hone in on a certain element of the book and provide your opinion of it. You may choose to focus on the main argument of the book, or just one element of the book. The analysis should contain direct quotes or paraphrased examples from the book (all cited with page numbers) to support your argument.
4. Conclusion: one paragraph that brings us back to your entering statement and states the wider significance of this work to you, and to the literature.