Student Theses


All Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies' students write a thesis during their senior year, meeting individually with a faculty advisor to plan, research, craft and write a piece of independent original research on a topic of the student’s choice.  Below is a selection of students and their theses from recent years.

  • Annie Lamar: Transgressive Toys: A Semantic Analysis of ἄθυρμα in Archaic and Classical Greek (Class of 2019)
  • Marcelle Rutherfurd: The Uses of Military Intelligence In the Persian Wars (Class of 2019)
  • Sandra Brandon: Rome Reborn: Study of Virtual Modeling in Digital Archaeology (Class of 2019)
  • Hannah Cochran: Non Sum Ego Qui Fueram: Self-Representation and Eternal Fame in Ovid’s Exile Poetry (Class of 2019)
  • Kathryn Stutz: The Imprint of Language in Herodotus’ Histories (Class of 2018)
  • Rachael Schroder: Defining the Dictator in Cicero’s Pro Marcello (Class of 2017)
  • Samuel DeBacker: Did You Achieve Virtus Without Military Prowess or are You Just Happy to See Me?  Gender Dynamics, Domitian and The Montecitorio Obelisk (Class of 2017)
  • Madison McDonald: Varieties of Judaism in the Egyptian Diaspora: verses 75-92 and 350-380 of the third Sibylline Oracle (Class of 2017)
  • Marissa Irish: Re-Weaving the Story: Ekphrasis, Objectification, and Female Speech in the Rape of Philomela (Class of 2016)
  • Tammy Hoang: Unconventional Clouds: The Clouds That Missed the Mark (Class of 2016)
  • Steve Moses: Receptions of Atlas in the Rocky Horror Picture Show (Class of 2014)
  • Zach Flathers: Bodies on Stage: Senecan Tragedy and Staging Violence in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus (Class of 2013)
  • Ian Wright: The Isolation of Achilles: Companions, Fathers, and Wives (Class of 2013)
  • Sarah Smith: Mask and Gesture in Greek Tragic Performance (Class of 2013)