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Historiography or Pseudoscience? Research Paper Topics on Event Clusters

According to Questia, “Historiography contributes a meta-analysis to the discipline of history, studying how the history of a topic is interpreted and reconstructed, to form a body of knowledge that is accepted as true.” Sometimes history is thought of as static, but not only do events build on each other, but certain dates, such as the Ides of March, seem to be marked as more historically significant than others.

See the connection between historiography and pseudoscience. (Credit: Josiah Way)

See the connection between historiography and pseudoscience. (Credit: Josiah Way)

Of course, many view this idea of clustered events as part and parcel of pseudoscience. Deciphering how the interpretation of certain historical events has altered over time, and the way cognitive biases influence us offers many areas to explore in a research paper. Read more

Beware the Ides of March? Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, and Superstition Research Topics

“Beware the Ides of March!” The term, which refers to March 15 of the year 44 B.C., when Julius Caesar was betrayed and murdered, was penned by William Shakespeare in his play Julius Caesar. But while many know the line and its significance for Caesar, some have developed a superstition about the date. Is March 15 actually an unlucky day for anyone besides Caesar? Was it regarded that way by the Romans? And why was it significant for Shakespeare’s audience members?

Discuss the Ides of March and more for your research paper. (Credit: National Geographic)

Discuss the Ides of March and more for your research paper. (Credit: National Geographic)

Consider looking into the history behind that famous line, Julius Caesar’s death, or modern references to the Ides of March as potential research paper topics for your Shakespeare or ancient history class. Read more