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Choose a local DC-area building or monument that has something in common with ancient Greek
or Roman buildings (Does it have Columns? Pediments? Sculpture? A dome? Stone? Paint?
Etc.). You may even choose a house or a church if you can tie it back to ancient Greece or
Rome somehow. Write a paper that chooses at least three major points for comparison. In the
end, use your three major features or points to show how closely your chosen building matches
an ancient model, or how far it has strayed from ancient Greece and Rome. Wrap everything up
with an introductory paragraph and a concluding paragraph that summarizes your position. The
goal of this exercise is to show that you can recognize specific Classical features that we’ve been
learning class out in the world. Use as many of our vocabulary terms as possible to show that
you’ve mastered them.
Tips for getting started and writing an ‘A’ paper:
1. Consider selecting a famous monument, museum, or government building in DC for your
paper. Good examples include churches, houses and public buildings. Everything from the
Capitol itself to the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, the National Gallery of Art West Building,
the Treasury building, the Department of Justice, the National Archives, the Smithsonian
American Art Museum, the White House, Mount Vernon, the Supreme Court Building, and so on,
and so on, and so on! Washington, DC, is OVERFLOWING with different interpretations of
ancient Greek and Roman ideas.
2. It is a very good idea to actually VISIT your building in person. You will notice things you can’t
see in photographs and sense things like how the space flows much better if you’re actually
there. Walk around your choice, take photos, examine it from all angles. I guarantee something
will surprise you if you do this and your paper will be much better because of it.
3. Here are some questions to ask yourself: Remember to consider things like layout and plan,
not just the façade or front face of the building. Consider also ornament and decoration—is there
any? How does heavy ornament or a lack of ornament affect the overall nature or character of
the building? If it has columns, do they look like those of a famous ancient building or are they
different somehow? And so on (these are merely a few of the things you can ask yourself).
4. BE SPECIFIC. If something from your building looks like something we’ve studied point that
out and say exactly what building you are talking about. Specific examples ALWAYS strengthen
any kind of argument or writing.
5. Include a cover sheet with a photo of your building, your name, your paper title, the date, etc.
(photos, drawings, or any kind of illustration are always helpful—just remember, they do not take
the place of text, you still need to have at least 3 double-spaced pages—images are a bonus).