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Focus on the exam paper. A guide to answer the mock. Layout of exam. Firstly...make the correct choices Small passage to read that will be an indicator for questions 5 marks – Basic facts 10 marks – Based on significance of an issue, person or theme. (Less focus on Tacitus / Suet.)

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Focus on the exam paper

Focus on the exam paper

A guide to answer the mock


Layout of exam

Layout of exam

  • Firstly...make the correct choices

  • Small passage to read that will be an indicator for questions

  • 5 marks – Basic facts

  • 10 marks – Based on significance of an issue, person or theme. (Less focus onTacitus / Suet.)

  • 20 marks – Judgement question with for and against argument. T and S use to illustrate points.

  • 40 marks – statement given – argument needed with total use of T and S to show how sources affect judgement


Most questions need you to use the writers

Most questions need you to use the writers...

  • In reference to Tacitus...

  • According to Suetonius...

  • The writers deal with this issue by...

  • Summed up by the writings of...

  • Both writers address the issue of...

  • Both writers agree that...

Reference

Comparison

Concluding


5 mark questions

5 mark questions

  • As stated previously, these are questions you either know, or do not know.

    (but should consist of elements you recognise)

  • They do not need to be lengthy

  • They do not need to be in sentences either

    (unless otherwise stated)

  • However, being 5 marks they are often the difference between final unit grades


10 mark questions

10 mark questions

To what extent did Tib. Career prepare him for role of emperor? Use Suetonius.

  • This needs to be approx 1 – ½ sides

  • It should largely support the statement

    BUT

  • Also show the other side of the argument

  • As stated , the source MUST be used to gain good marks.


To what extent did tib early career prepare him for role of emperor use suetonius

To what extent did Tib. Early career prepare him for role of emperor? Use Suetonius.

  • Intro (v. Brief to set scene)

  • Accession AD 14/ 55yr/ Adopted by Aug AD 4 after death of other candidates / Quote (S) = ‘good qualities tipped the scale’

  • This will set the tone for the positive/ negative and writings of (S)


Start positive and end negative

Start positive and end negative

  • Main body

    - Civil career, questor, praetor and consul v. Early, 5yrs tribune, triumph (link to Q)

  • Success of military career, Germany, Illyrian revolt, harsh discipline - only compared to Varus. (link to Q)

  • Odd behaviour, Capri, gloomy nature

  • (S) – focus on character bio/ contemporary writing

  • CONCLUSION – To some extent, but...


What and how to use

What and how to use...

Tacitus

Suetonius

Historian and Equestrian order

Similar to Pliny in writing style

Far more anecdotal (story like) in 12 Caesers

Portrays Tib. and Claud. by character traits.

Set formula to his work: descriptions of appearance, omens, family history, quotes, and then a history

  • Orator + Senator

  • Fascinated by Republic

  • Similar to Sallust rather than Livy as historian (disgruntled)

  • Concerned with political history

  • Adept at making an effective point (damning asides)

  • Consistent in his views? Or wanting to show range of human behaviour


20 mark question

20 mark question

How bad do you think Tiberius’ relationship with the Senate actually was during his rule?

  • Two clear sides of the argument need to be developed along with analysis of the sources (T) and (S)

  • 2-3 sides of writing needed


How bad do you think tiberius relationship with the senate actually was during his rule

How bad do you think Tiberius’ relationship with the Senate actually was during his rule?

  • Intro – setting of the scene / uphold Senate responsibility/ partner/ similar to Aug / but as (T) quoted – ‘forgot how far...corrupted’

  • Use the intro to show that this is a mixed question that has lots of input from the writers and plenty of evidence .


Start with bad

Start with BAD

[Use writers as evidence, but also highlight their problems throughout.]

  • Intervening in Senate - monopolies

  • Sycophantic ‘fit to be slaves’

  • Unclear and Tib. reactions

  • Fear of Sejanus - ‘relief in flattery’ (T) statues erected

  • Too much freedom – ‘as if Republic existed’ (T)

    Highlight – (T) very political, focus on Republic


However some good

HOWEVER... Some good

  • Problem of Augustus’ rule as Tib. Genuinely hesitant.

  • Respect by Tib – honours

  • Diplomatic in Provincial issues – (T) has issues.

  • Helping senators financially – Hortensius’ children 200,000

  • Widening of duties – legislative body, criminal court (treason trials)

    CONC– To what extent? Authors view = KEY!


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