Senior Thesis

Undergraduate Research in Classics

Theses 2010–2015

An asterisk (*) indicates a thesis that won a Hoopes Prize, Harvard’s highest honor for undergraduate writing.

2015

*Petronius in the 1920s: Eliot, Fitzgerald, and the Invention of a Modern Arbiter by William Dingee, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Leah Whittington; Asst. advisor: Amy Koenig

Nec turpe est, quod dominus iubet: The Multivalence of Sex, Performance, and Failure in Petronius' SATYRICON and its Roman Context by Zachary Fletcher, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Emma Dench; Asst. advisor: Elizabeth Mitchell

The Letters of Maia Isotta: Edition, Commentary, and Translation by Rebecca Frankel, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Jan Ziolkowski; Asst. advisor: David Ungvary

Analyzing Dietary Treatments for Epilepsy: From Galen to Modern Research by Rebecca Glasser, joint concentrator in Classical Civilizations and Molecular and Cellular Biology
Advisor: Professor Mark Schiefsky; Asst. advisor: Rebecca Katz

I See the Better Course: Six Women's Speeches of Decision in Ovid's Metamorphoses by Forrester Hammer, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Richard Tarrant; Asst. advisor: Sarah Lannom

Deadly Control: Regulation and Management of Roman Gladiatorial Spectacle, Inside and Outside the Area by Michael Hughes, concentrator in Classical Civilizations
Advisor: Professor Kathleen Coleman; Asst. advisor: Charles Bartlett

Staging Truths in the Theater of War: An Analysis of American Civil War Era Photographs and Second Century a.d. Roman "Historical" Reliefs by Catherine Kistler, joint concentrator in Classical Civilizations and History
Advisor: Professor Adrian Stähli; Asst. advisor: Anthony Shannon

From Love of Leisure to Love of Neighbor: The Development of St. Augustine's Appreciation for the Life of Service by Edward Love, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Dr. Albertus Horsting; Asst. advisor: David Ungvary

Study in Madness: The Portrayal of Cambyses II in Herodotus' Histories by Shunella Lumas, concentrator in Classical Civilizations
Advisor: Professor David Elmer; Asst. advisor: Amy Koenig

The Variability of Myth: Ancient Representation and Appropriation of the Gigantomachy by Gabriel Molina, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor David Elmer; Asst. advisor: Rebecca Katz

Perge, Ira, Perge: Apostrophe in Senecan Tragedy by Benjamin Selden, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Richard Tarrant; Asst. advisor: Sarah Lannom

Quantifying Crawford: A Statistical Analysis of Roman Republican Coins (157–50 BC) by Oluwatobi Tikolo, joint concentrator in Classics and Statistics
Advisor: Professor Mark Schiefsky; Asst. advisor: Gregory Mellen

"Everybody Is In It": Tragedy and Toni Morrison's Beloved by Erin Williams, concentrator in Classical Civilizations
Advisor: Professor Naomi Weiss; Asst. advisor: Gregory Mellen

*Constructing Antigonid Kingship: Monarch, Memory, and Empire in Hellenistic Macedonia by Elliot Wilson, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Paul Kosmin; Asst. advisor: Samantha Blankenship

Engineering Ingenium: Improving Engagement and Accuracy with the Visualization of Latin for Language Learning by Sharon Zhou, joint concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures and Computer Science
Advisors: Professor Mark Schiefsky, Dr. Ivy Livingston

2014

The Golden Age: Paradise Lost or Left Behind? by Georgiana Brinkley, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Gregory Nagy; Asst. advisor: Sarah Lannom

*Samothrace: A Hellenistic Middle Ground by Joe Glynias, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Paul Kosmin; Asst. advisor: Coleman Connelly

Ciceroniani Sunt, an Christiani?: The Reception of the Classics in the Late Antique Church by Aurora Griffin, concentrator in Classical Civilizations
Advisor: Professor Richard Tarrant; Asst. advisor: David Ungvary

Modern Meaning-Making in Ancient Imperial Monuments by Laura Hogikyan, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Emma Dench; Asst. advisor: Monica Park

Connectivity at Vindolanda: Human and Natural Resources by Nikhil Mulani, concentrator in Classical Civilizations
Advisor: Professor Emma Dench; Asst. advisor: Rebecca Katz

Ransomed Shadows by Madeline Smith, joint concentrator in Classical Civilizations and Music
Advisor: Professor Gregory Nagy

Proles sine matre creata: Inventing a Roman Literary Tradition in the Satires of Gaius Lucilius by Caleb Thompson, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Richard Tarrant; Asst. advisor: Gregory Mellen

The Original Word Jumble: A Case Study of Latin Word Order in the Vindolanda Tablets by Naomi Wills, joint concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures and Linguistics
Advisor: Professor Jeremy Rau; Asst. advisor: Alexander Forte

2013

Res Olim Dissociabiles: Praise and Censure in Tacitus' Agricola by Michael Cowett
, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Richard Thomas; Asst. advisor: Thomas Keeline

Face Value: Minting a Multi-Ethnic Currency; Language, Portraiture, and Iconography on Indo-Greek and Graeco-Bactrian Coins by Anjali Itzkowitz, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures

Advisor: Professor Gregory Nagy; Asst. Advisor: Daniel Bertoni

Illuminating the Shadows of Eclogue 10.75–77: An Investigation of Image and Ethics by Christopher Londa
, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Richard Thomas; Asst. advisor: Rebecca Miller

The Metrical Function of the Personal Name in Martial's Epigrams by Fana Yirga
, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Richard Thomas; Asst. advisor: Julia Scarborough

*Resonant Rhetoric and Unheard Melodies: Roman Imperial Oratory in Text and Art by Alexa Zahl, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures

Advisor: Professor Richard Tarrant; Asst. advisor: Julia Scarborough

2012

*The Gods and Governors of the Roman Provinces by Jill R. Carlson, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Kathleen Coleman; Asst. advisor: Duncan MacRae

Polemical Prose: Political Subversion in Petronius’ Satyricon by Andrew Coffman, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Richard Thomas; Asst. advisor: Yvona Trnka-Amrhein

*Intus habes quem poscis: Cannibalism from Thyestean Banquets to the Last Supper by Schuyler Daum, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Albert Henrichs; Asst. advisor: Andrew Johnston

From 
infamis to imperator. The Changing Role of the Actor in Late Republican and Early Imperial Rome by Nicholas Dube, joint concentrator in Classical Civilizations and History
Advisors: Professor Kathleen Coleman, Professor Emma Dench; Asst. advisor: Sarah Rous

On Translating Horace’s 
Odes: Aesthetic and Cultural Problems of Translation in Theory and Practice by Erik Frederiksen, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Richard Thomas; Asst. advisor: Lauren Curtis

Excesses of Epic and Empire: A Study of Openings and Encomia in Virgil, Ovid, and Lucan
 by Arthur Kaynor, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Richard Thomas; Asst. advisor: Philip Pratt

“Daughter of Ares, Warlike Queen”: Gender and Power in Hellenistic θεὰ Ῥώμη Cults 
by Athena Lao, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Paul Kosmin; Asst. advisor: Robert Cioffi

The Truncus of Pompey in Lucan’s Pharsalia by Christopher McCarthy, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Dr. Andreas Thomas Zanker; Asst. advisor: Julia Scarborough

A Most Curious Comparison: Caesar’s 
Commentarii de Bello Gallico, the Column of Trajan, and the Expression of Romanitas in Diverse Media by Alison Rittershaus, concentrator in Classical Civilizations
Advisor: Professor Christopher Krebs; Asst. advisor: Andrew Johnston

Boundaries, Transition, and Ritual in Euripides’
 Hippolytus by Lauren Russell, concentrator in Classical Civilizations
Advisor: Professor Gregory Nagy; Asst. advisor: Elizabeth Engelhardt

Literacy and Social Anxiety in the Second-Century Roman Empire
 by Madeleine Schwartz, joint concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures and History
Advisor: Professor Kathleen Coleman; Asst. advisor: Yvona Trnka-Amrhein

From Mummius to Caesar: Public Space and Memory in
 Colonia Laus Iulia Corinthiensis by John Sigmier, joint concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures and Anthropology
Advisor: Professor Adrian Stähli; Asst. advisor: Andrew Johnston

The Art of Life: Philosophical Study and Performance in the 
Meditations of Marcus Aurelius by Gina Trakadas, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Mark Schiefsky; Asst. advisor: David Camden

The Drunk, the Drowned, and the Nude: Metaphor and Genre in
 Corpus Hermeticum VII by Michael Velchik, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Albert Henrichs; Asst. advisor: Duncan MacRae

2011

Reading Between the Lines: The Interaction of Text and Space in Roman Epigraphy by Benjamin Bayley, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Kathleen Coleman

*Who Wishes to Speak? Freedom of Speech and Classes of Speakers in Classical Athens
 by Raquel Begleiter, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Albert Henrichs

Quid stemmata faciunt? The Changing Roles of the Roman Nobility from the Late Republic to the Principate by Patrick Brennan, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Kathleen Coleman

Ars Admirabilis:Transcendent and Transgressive Artists in Ovid’s Metamorphoses by Charlie Bridge, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Richard Tarrant

Russia’s Appian Way: How the Classics Shaped Imperial Identity from Peter I to Alexander I
 by Jordan Bryant, joint concentrator in Classical Civilizations and Slavic Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Emma Dench

When Opposites Attract: Reading Plato’s 
Symposium as an Instruction in the Power of Paradox by Signe Conway, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Mark Schiefsky

Euripides’
  Bakkhai: A New Translation in Verse and Prose by Felice Ford, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Albert Henrichs

Deviant Diners: An Examination of Guests and Hosts in Roman Literature
 by Ann Forman, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Richard Tarrant

Sealed With a Kiss: Mediated Communication in Chariton’s
 Callirhoe by Iya Megre, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor David Elmer

For Better, for Worse: Marriage and Citizenship as Compensating Mechanisms in Roman Society
 by Sara Mills, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Kathleen Coleman

Μανία
 Μουσῶν by Nicholas Nehamas, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Mark Schiefsky

Visual Power: The Colosseum as a Political Tool in Rome
 by William Newell, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Kathleen Coleman

Inventing the Roman City
 by Kyle Ralston, concentrator in Classical Languages and Literatures
Advisor: Professor Emma Dench

2010

*Der Spiegel der Zeit: The Thesaurus Linguae Latinae and the Story of Modern Latin Lexicography by Christian Flow, concentrator in Classics
Advisor: Professor Christopher Krebs

Exile, Youth and Family: Methods of Evoking Sympathy in the Latter Half of Vergil’s 
Aeneid by Veronica Rey Koven-Matasy, concentrator in Classics
Advisor: Professor Richard Thomas

*An Onymous Poem: Identity and Genre in Lycidas by Mary Anne Marks, joint concentrator in Classics and English
Advisor: Professor Richard Thomas

Magister Gregorius and the Marvels of Rome: Translating a City into Text, Navigating Structure and Rhetoric
 by Emily Virginia Meredith Walker, concentrator in Medieval Latin
Advisor: Professor Jan Ziolkowski

*The Jew, the Furnace, and the Virgin: a Critical Edition, Translation, and Commentary on a Greek Version of the “Jewish Boy Legend”
 by Michael Wesley Zellmann-Rohrer, concentrator in Classics
Advisor: Professor John Duffy