History 100 SDSU Historical Essay


Part I: Exercise document checklist (choose 4)
Iron Maiden portrayal of Alexander the Great
Stoicism video
Attacks on World Heritages sites
Primary source comparison 7.3 and 7.4 (women/wives)

Etruscans and Romans video clips
Building blocks of Christianity clips
Self-reflection on Byzantine chant
Artifacts and museums (Ctesiphon)
Primary source comparison 8.2, 8.3, 8.4 (pilgrims)
Mesoamerican clips
Empress Wu clips
Shahnameh (Becoming the World ppt.)
Covid-19 vs. other pandemics
Your exercises will be assessed for
Evidence of having done the work

Historical context/connections, i.e. link to lectures and textbook

Critical thinking
Clear writing

Part II: Primary Source Analysis (choose 2)

Compare and contrast TWO of the following primary source excerpts from DIFFERENT chapters. Make sure to include all the basic elements of a primary source analysis such as author, date, historical context, audience, etc. Include a minimum of 1 quotation from each document. 2-3 pages, double-spaced.

Chapter 1: Rig Veda, Bible, Popul Vuh, Yoruba Creation Narrative
Chapter 3: Code of Manu
Chapter 4: Upanishads
Chapter 5: Zoroaster, Dhammapada (Buddha), Socrates

Chapter 6: Ptolemy V
Chapter 7: Dong Zhongshu, Cicero
Chapter 8: Ecclesiastical history (Socrates), Egeria
Chapter 9: Law of Adamnan, Song Ruoxin and song Ruozhao,
Chapter 11: Ibn al-Wardi, Florentine Chronicle, Al-Maqrizi
Note: no thesis is needed. You should analyze the two documents first, one after the other, and then provide a paragraph in which you compare similarities and differences.



Law of Adamnan

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