In a well-organized essay of 4-6 pages, respond to the statements and questions listed below. Be sure to provide references and examples from the assigned readings (see below). You are responsible for the entirety of The Ramayana and The Art of War. Since this is a take-home assignment, grammar, spelling, and the like will carry more weight in the computation of the final grade than is the case for an exam.
Discuss the role of the ruler two texts listed above. What is the nature of power that the ruler exercises—how does he/she get it and how is it used? Does the ruler perform more than one function? Does the ruler’s role change over the course of the text(s)? How is it similar or different from the role(s) rulers play in our own times? Why?
In making your arguments, you must provide examples from the texts for support. Rather than using formal footnotes/endnotes, follow these instructions. At the end of a citation--either a complete quotation or a paraphrase (putting the author’s ideas into your own words)--place the author’s name and the page numbers in parentheses. For example, a quotation: “I really like to teach history.” (Beirich, 21); a paraphrase: Some people like to teach history. (Beirich, 21) These methods are used to teach you about the issue of plagiarism, and to show you that historians always try to attribute properly their sources. This is the idea: You cannot claim another’s ideas as your own. In...