The variety of sources make essays on Ancient history stimulating to write but hard to structure. Therefore, the first thing you must do is research your topic, even briefly.
This advice may seem boring, but good ancient history essay structure comes from understanding your subject and being comfortable with your sources:
Write down the books and journals you are using;
Ask yourself what they bring to your essay;
Reflect on whether your sources let you approach the topic from different perspectives;
Remove or add sources.
Repeating this process once or twice will help you create a paper that is both informative and to the point.
Outline and Subheadings
After working with sources, you should be ready to create an outline for essays with all kinds of titles on ancient world history topics. Write out your subheadings, making sure their arguments do not overlap. They have to be broad enough to cover enough, but sufficiently narrow to be distinct from each other.
Let us assume your essay’s title is, for example, on archaeology, with the title “Burial Mounds around the World.” Dividing all the mounds in every corner of the earth by their date of creation, with no regard for the civilization that created them, would be an overlapping mess. However, you could group the information by the mounds’ locations.
Another case of bad subheadings could be created by forgetting your main goal. Always remember that your ancient history essay structure should be reflective of your argument.
Switching from “Women and Court Life” to “The Social Exclusion of Women” could be hurtful to your grade in an essay about Ancient Persian women and their place in society. These topics claim entirely different things! Find examples of better essay structures on IvyPanda.
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