Senior Theses and Essays, 1994-2019


  • Catherine Kiall, "'Uprooting the Unquestioned Acceptance of Tradition': Latin in U.S. Secondary Schools in the 20th Century."
  • Emma Graham, "Work at the Ancient Roman Villa:
    Representations of the Self, the Patron, and Productivity Outside of the City."
  • Benjamin Sarraille, "Song of Illium."


  • Katharine Barnes, "The Not so Wild Country East of Dikte: A Multivariate Analysis of Late Bronze Age East Cretan Tomb Assemblages"
  • Jackson Barnett, "From Democracy in Name to Democracy in Practice? Contextualizing the Transition to Oligarchy of 411 BCE in Athens
  • Meetings with a Remarkable Manuscript: A Study of a Late Medieval Collection of Latin Sermons"


  • Edward Archibald, "Two Suns:  My Encounter with the Text, Translation, and Production of Euripides' Bakkhai"


  • Elizabeth (Beth) Alexion, "'The Judge Will be Your Neighbor': Transitional Justice in Ancient Athens and Post-Genocide Rwanda"
  • Holt-Akers Campbell, "Farm Like a Roman: Livestock in Ancient Italy"
  • Sarah Harper, "Under No Enchantment: Magical Realism in Apuleus's Metamorphoses"
  • Sarah McCully, "Sacred Shields: The Material, Religious and Cultural Significance of Persian Ashkelon's Egyptianizing Amulets"
  • Jonathan (Jack) Spira, "Homer, or Another Poet of the Same Name:  Four Translations of the Iliad"
  • Sarah Hoynes (essay), "Collecting at Wesleyan"


  • Hannah Bernard (essay), "Connecting the Threads of Emotion, Action, and Responsibility in Aeschylus' Libation Bearers"
  • Rosie Kelly (essay), "Conspiracy and Paranoia in the Roman Empire"


  • Oliva Alperstein - "Politics of Memory and Erasure During and After the Reign of Domitian"
  • Katherine Cohen (essay), "In the Name of the Divine Homer:  Media and Mythmaking in the Work of Heinrich Schliemann"
  • Alec Jolicoeur (essay), "Cannibalism on Knossos:  A Response to Minoan Crisis"
  • Jasper Kubasek (essay), "The Roman peculium; an institutional reaction to restrictive paternal power"
  • Alexandra Ozols - "Roman Culinary Poetry:  Representations of Food and Dinign in the Late Republic and Early Empire"


  • Alex Ray, "Declamation and Storytelling:  First Person Speech in Apuleius' Metamorphoses"
  • Andrea Ruiz-Lopez: "Hellenistic or Roman? A Case Study of a Mosaic in Tel Dor, Israel, in Its Regional Context"


  • Ellie Damaskos (essay), "Eros, virtue and the male homoerotic:  An approach to the speeches of Phaedrus, Pausanias and Aristophanes in Plato's Symposium"
  • Nathaniel Durant, "The Importance of Wind and Air in Book 6 of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura"
  • Nora Hoover, "Translating a Saint:  The Life of Saint Ita and the Early Irish Christianity."
  • Linda Kung, "Girl, Your Wounds Are Beautiful: Beauty, Suffering, and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel"
  • Julia Mintz (essay), "Catullus' Vocabulary of Evaluation:  Precise Meaning Through Poetic Context"
  • Adam Peck, "The Archaeology of Pan-Hellenic Politics:  Monumental Dedications at Delphi an Cycladic Political Identity"
  • Cheryl Walker, "When I was a Noun." The Modern Carribean Epic.  (University Sudies)


  • Christina Burkot, "The Role of Ritual in Aristophanic Comedy."
  • Allison House, "Dismemberment, Distraction and Disjointedness: The Metamorphoses as Anti-Epic."
  • Chris Kaltsas, "Spartacus Mythistoricus: Winning Spartacus Into the Mythical."
  • Kevin McKeown, "Dreams, Prophecies and Cures."
  • Amanda Sweeny, "Staging Christianity: How Religion Theatricizes the Divine."


  • Madeline Caldwell (essay), "Percy Jackson and the Olympians."
  • Christi Richardson (essay), "The Role of Prognosis in the Hippocratic Struggle for Reputation and Legitimacy."


  • Trevor Adams (essay), "The Heroic Theme: Ancient Values in Relation to Modern Society"
  • Candace Buckner, "Fashioning the Desert"
  • Thea DeArmond, "The Menelaion"
  • Stephanie Leung (essay), "Camilla and Dido: Roman Identity and Female Sexuality"
  • Thomas Van DenBurgh, Pressule: The Egyptian Ass; or the Incest Motif in Apuleius' The Golden Ass"
  • Frederick Zenker, "The Rural Basis of the Ancient Greek City"


  • Frances Jones--"Tirocinium Imperii: Public School Education in the Victorian Era," the Classical Curriculum, and the British Imperial Ethos.
  • Joanna Kenty--"Tyrants and Tyranny in the Late Roman Republic"
  • Sara Maeder--"The Purest and the Loveliest of Mirrors," the Translation of Greek Myth to Film.
  • Heather Teixeira--"Poetry, Politics, Persuasion: The Rhetoric of Demosthenes and George W. Bush"
  • Jordana Wolfe--"Seeds of Knowledge: Palaeoethnobotany in the Classical World"
  • Sabrina Parez (Essay)--"Issues in Latin Pedagogy"
  • Cory Savereid (Essay)--"Under the Influence: How Republican Rome Viewed the Greeks"


  • Tess Amodeo Vickery--"When in Rome"
  • Deborah Schwartz--"'If You Are a Man': Gender Rhetoric in Roman Historiography


  • Burke Giordano--"Ovidian Irony and Augustan Propaganda"
  • Dan Matzkin--"Sight and Foresight: Blindness in Classical Antiquity"


  • Elizabeth Burnside--"The Myth of Theseus: The Creation of a Hero"
  • Leland Smith--"Homeric Intertextuality in Ovid's Heroides"


  • Dina Guth -- Lyric and the Lyre" Ancient Greek Rhythmic Theory from Antiquity to Byzantium"


  • Adriel Gerard -- "The History and Culture of The Scythians"
  • Molly Greenwood -- "Spelt from Sibyl's Leaves: Perceptions of the Sibyl's Voice from Classical Antiquity to the Renaissance"
  • Caroline Richardson -- "Poor Man's Crystal: Utilitarian Glass of the Common Roman, ca. 50 B.C.-A.D. 450"
  • Laurie Shaner -- "Making Sense of Madness: An Analysis of Madness in Fifth-Century B.C. History, Myth, and Religion"


  • Nate Andrade -- "The Devil is a Gentleman: Clerics and Ascetics in Late Antiquity"
  • Jessica Clark -- "The Gallo-Roman Sanctuary Site of Champlieu (Oise) and the 'Romanization' of Gallia Belgica"
  • Andrew Goldstein -- "The Foliate Lyre: The Use of the Countryside in Horace's Odes"
  • Anthony Pacchia -- "A Reconsideration of Libertine Gnosticism"


  • Mercedes Barletta -- "The Rising Son: Neoptolemus, Telemachus and Orestes in Ancient Greek Literature and Art"
  • Laura Elliott -- "Corpora Feminarum: Monstruosa at Miracula"
  • Sara J. Hise -- "Humanitas: Foundations of Humanity in the Stoic Writings of Seneca and Marcus Aurelius"


  • Christopher Churchill  -  "The Vocabulary of Revolution: Rebellion, Accession and the Coins of 68-69 AD"
  • Jesse Kercheval - "A Multimedia Review of Vergil's First Eclogue"
  • Joseph Meyer - "Mithraism, Religious Prominence and Structural Differentiation in the Roman World"
  • Sarah Rosenberg - "The Choicest Gift of the Gods:  Pantomime and the Early Roman Empire"
  • Joanna Smith - "The Archaeology of Herodotus"
  • Steven Staats - "Nature and Anxiety: Epicurean Ethics in Lucretius' De Rerum Natura"
  • Sarah Wilkes - "Common Ideological Tendencies in General-Audience Greek Historiography"


  • Claudia Makadon - "Feminae Libidinosae et Castae:  Representations of Women in Ancient Rome"


  • Kristopher Fletcher - "Diomedes, Son of Tydeus:  In the Shadow of Achilles"
  • Nancy Shane - "Carmina Comica"
  • Mary Elizabeth Williamson - "Strategies of Consolation:  An Interpretation of the Correspondence of Heloise and Abelard"


  • Joshua Arthurs - "Civis Romanus Sum:  Italian Fascism and Roman Antiquity"
  • Joshua Borenstein - "Living on the Boundaries:  Hybrid Creatures in Greek Myth and Art"
  • Bret Mulligan - "Roma Aeterna/Roma Christiana:  The Transformation of Ideological Rome in Late Antiquity"
  • Brendan O'Toole - "Tellos:  A Year in Athens"


  • Lindsay Nichols - "Women in the Comic World of Menander and in Ancient Athens"
  • Charles Vance - "Cavere, Agere, Respondere:  The Role of the Roman Jurists in the Development of Law from Q. Mucius Scaevola to Hadrian"


  • Matt Edes-Pierotti - "A Few Good Men: Military Elites in Ancient Greece"
  • Lisa Hastings - "The Rape of Lucretia:  Evolution of a Legend Through Literature"
  • Curtis Nelson - "Inspiration, Identity, and the Idea of Order:  The Homeric Poems as a Cultural System"
  • Molly Swetnam-Burland - "Personal, Factional, and State Propaganda on Roman Coinage:  The Republic to Augustus"


  • Halina Anne Bennet - "Women in Etruscan Aristocratic Society"
  • Angus E. Goldberg - "Uncertain Ideals:  Cognitive Dissonance in Athenian History"
  • Sean P. Mazer - "Homeric and Historical Communities"