HIS 101 and 111
Cyrus Paragraph Assignment


This is the tomb of Cyrus the Great at Pasargadae, Iran, the site of the great capital of Cyrus the Great (600? bce - 530 bce) of the Achaemenid dynasty. There is no body remaining in the tomb. Photo credit Wiki Commons.

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Read the Cyrus cylinder (along with the notes on Cyrus the Great and the study questions) and answer the following question in a paragraph:

Citing specific evidence from the Cyrus Cylinder (not the textbook), what were the main features of ideal kingship according to Cyrus?

Your paragraph should be about one-half page in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins, font size 10 or 12; it should contain a concise topic sentence that directly responds to the assigned question (no need to define terms or cite a dictionary) and use direct, quoted material to support your points.  You may consider submitting a draft of your assignment to your instructor for feedback before submitting the assignment for a grade. Please send some specific questions that you would like answered about your draft. The questions can be general (Is my thesis/first sentence clear?) or specific (Is the phrase, "Chardin was jeweller," written correctly?).

Your assignment should be sent to your course instructor following the directions for submitting assignments.

Please take a moment to review all of my support materials in Charlie's History Writing Center for additional information on the writing requirements for the assignments in the course.

The Cyrus Paragraph is worth a maximum of 50 points.



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