Alright, I am about to start writing my 30-40 page history essay. I have all the research done, dozens of pages of notes and all that jazz. Biggest issue is I don't know how to structure it. It's my first essay over 18-20 pages so I think I'm a little paranoid. Basically, my essay focuses on three pagans and how their religious and political beliefs affected their interactions with a growing Christian influence in Roman society. It's wordy, I know, I need to clarify it a bit. Anyway, it's basically a compare and contrast essay, I know need to look at their backgrounds, education, political and religious beliefs etc. But what I am unsure of is if I should kind of pair them up, explain the background details of all three, then look at the political/religious beliefs of all three, then.... blah blah. I worry that this might get a little sloppy. Or... maybe I should basically make a mini-essay for one person, then move onto the second, then onto the third, each of which talks about all I want to say on that person. I am kind of favoring this approach since I think it would flow better for each individual but I am worried that by the time the reader gets to pagan #3, they will kind of forget everything I said about #1. I mean, it will only be 8-10 pages on each person since I need an intro/conclusion as well as some pages to contextualize the time period but I'm unsure... Any suggestions?