Ancient Greek History

Order type: Speech/PresentationSubject: HistoryAcademic level: UndergraduateStyle: APA

I AM IN GROUP ZETA SO ONLY WORRY ABOUT GROUP ZETA’S DEBATE QUESTION BUT YOU ARE DEBATING AGAINST GROUP EPSILON.Dear Groups Epsilon and Zeta,On Friday (6/9) you will be presenting the third of our six debates. As you can see from the syllabus, here is your prompt:The rise of the democratic city-state is one of the main achievements attributed to the Athenians. And yet, it was also a source of constant trouble. As a group of Athenian colonists of mixed class sent out to found a new land, try to decide which form of government should be established, a democracy or an aristocracy.Begin to place yourself in the sandals of an Ancient Athenian colonist. You are setting out from your home polis, Athens, to help “pacify” new lands for her empire. Your mission is to send the food you grow back to Athens while also defending her “interests” in the part of the Aegean where you are now settling. Though you still are Athenians, you must decide how to govern yourself in this new colony. You’ll be setting up a new polis from scratch. Think about the examples of Athens and other city-states. Are we to be a true democracy? Or should the “best” men lead our new city?For this debate you can be any adult member of this new colony. And imagine an informal gathering of the new colonists. EACH GROUP should have members of different social classes. Thus even those in support of aristocracy should have some poor supporters and the democrats should also have some wealthy clients. Think about why a poor person might want to turn over power to others, or why a rich person may still want a democracy.Group Epsilon is arguing for democracy. What kind of democracy are you proposing? Who gets a vote? Everyone or only landowners? Why is democracy better than aristocracy?Group Zeta, on the other hand, must convince us to stick to tried and true aristocratic rule. Why should the best rule? Who will make up the aristocracy?When preparing your debates, remember to use examples of logos, pathos, and ethos. While you don’t need to incorporate all three into your speech, make it clear that you are using one of those strategies.Review the rhetoric powerpoint found in the course library as well as all the readings that we did. Use your textbook as well as other research to help make your points. Also, I’ll upload in the “Course Library” the handouts from class on Friday (tomorrow) when we discuss critics of democracy. Use them for support, or as straw-men to attack. And of course, I am always a resource as well. Email me if you’d like some help.If you’re looking for more ancient sources to cite in addition to those mentioned above, Homer is great and full of “one liners” that might help your point ( ctrl+F is your friend ie: “justice” or “ruler” might pull up some good lines, or “security” or “safe,” “people,” etc.).Discuss with your group how you are going to go about arguing. Each member of your group should get an idea of one or two possible “points” to make. Each of you should prepare your own four minute speech. If you can’t meet with your group in person, utilize the resources on Blackboard – there is a discussion board, wiki, blog, etc. for your group. Make sure you’re all on the same pageI’m attaching below the grading rubric so you know what to expect. ============