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Classics Honors
Academic Festival

Theater at Ostia AnticaClassics students participate annually in the Academic Festival, an annual celebration of academic achievement where students present their senior theses, research projects, and course collaborations.

Academic Festival 2018

"Women, Monsters, and The End of Days"

  • Marley Amico ’10, “It’s all Greek to Me: An Examination of the porne/hetaira Binary”
  • Kat Berg ’18, “Looking Towards the End Times: Eschatological Imagery in Hieronymus Bosch’s Painting and John of Patmos’ Revelation
  • Sophie Heath ’18, “Dealing with Monstrosity: Receptions of Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  • Sarah Smith ’20, “Spartan and Athenian Women”

“Designing Students: Letting the Students Take Over”

  • Maisie Bernstein ’21, Shelby Fairchild ’21, Hannah Gross ’21 and Emily Schwartz ’20, “Opening Pandora’s Box: Ancient Women, Modern Tragedy”
  • Nora Barry ’19, Zoe Ousouljoglou, ’20, and Erika Petersen, ’19, “Pothos: Alexander the Great and ‘World’ Conquest”

Academic Festival 2017

  • Nora Barry, '19, "The Conflict and Comedy of Gender Roles in Euripides' Bacchae," in CG310 Euripides' Bacchae
  • Emily Gunter, '19, "Metaphor in Euripides' Bacchae: The Lion's Palace," in CG310 Euripides' Bacchae
  • Sarah Smith, '20, "The Rape of Persephone on an Apulian Hydria," in SSP100, Den of Antiquities
  • Juliette Taylor, '20, "The Old Market Woman: Hetaira or Maenad?" in SSP100 Den of Antiquities

Academic Festival 2016

  • Ben Wetherbee, '16, "Finding Polion: The Egyptian Homesickness," in HI363 Ancient Warfare
  • Beckett Rueda, '17, "Faces of Tyranny: Autocracy & Race in Herodotus," in CC267 Race & Ethnicity in Ancient Greece
  • Sarah Donovan, '17, "Mythology: Inspiration & Transformation," in AR264H Artists' Books
  • Sophie Heath, '18, "Examining the Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Through the Lens of Roman Satire," in CL310 Roman Satire

Academic Festival 2015

  • Beckett Francis Rueda, '17, "Trade, Seapower, and Security in 5th Century Athens," in HI 203 Rise of Athens
  • Sarah Elizabeth Donovan, '17, "Disastrous Love in Mythology," in CC 200 Classical Mythology
  • Khang Dinh Le, '17, "Speaking to Gods: The Evolving Role of the Oracle at Delphi," in HI 203 Rise of Athens
  • Benjamin Robert Turnbull, '15, "Worthy of Legend: The Poetic Techniques of Homer in Herodotus' Histories," in CG 311 Herodotus' Histories
  • Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld, '15, "The Race of Women: Sex, Citizenship, and Obedience on Pericles' Parthenon," in CC 395 Senior Thesis in Classics

Academic Festival 2014

  • Victoria Burmeister '14, "The Independent Influence of Hecate and Medea"
  • Sarah Nelson '14, "Xenia in Joyce's Ulysses"
  • Kathryn Smith '14, "Homeric Masculinity in the Odyssey"
  • Ben Turnbull '15, "The Old Man Wanders" 

Academic Festival 2013

  • An Emotional Odyssey: A Journey to the Far Corners of the Mythic World: Students of EN 280 Writing From Myth

Academic Festival 2012

  • Topics in the Age of Augustus: Alissa Belcastro '12, Stormie Romero '12, Emily Levenson '12, Shannon Dubois '13, Emily Kowal '13, Victoria Burmeister '14
  • Bryn Schockmel '12, "The Sanctuary of the Great Gods at Samothrace"
  • Icarus: An Orginal Greek Tragedy in English: Students of CC 222 Greek Tragedy

Academic Festival 2011

  • Views on Petronius's Satyricon: Laura Hamilton '11, Amanda McGuire '11, Tom Coon '12, Evan Hauger '13, Sarah Nelson '14
  • Erica Schnabel '11, "Greeks Bearing Gifts"
  • Claire Saxe '11, "Ceyx and Alcyone"

Academic Festival 2009

  • Ancient History Panel: Amanda Paret '10, "A Meeting of Great Men: Achilles and Priam in 'Troy,'"
  • Jim Ryan '09, "Catullus and the Benefits of Evolving Scholarship," Ross Jaffe '11, "The Evils of Fortune"
  • Art Treasures of the Metropolitan Museum: Elizabeth Kiggins '12, Rena Linden '12, Katelyn Painter '12, Bryn Schockmel '12, "Den of Antiquities"

Academic Festival 2008

  • William Cabell '08, "Broken Communion: Intra-Church Conflict in Ancient and Modern Times"

Academic Festival 2007

  • Dan Moran '07, "Hadrian's Panhellenion: Roman Presence in 2nd Century Greece"
  • Katherine Jane Bailey '09, "Homo Aestheticus"
  • Peter Achenbaum '10, Margaret Acosta '09, Nicholas Borek '08, Morgan Eisler '09, Benjamin Garton '07, Brian Indig '08, James Kiesel '09, Jacob Navarrete '08, John Norton '10, Eliza Rosler '08, "The Sexual Congress"

Academic Festival 2006

  • Alexandra Cummings '07, Kaitlin Mahoney '09, Kelly Genois '08, Ally Cohan '09, Ethan Weiss '09, "Artistic Interpretations of Classical Myths"

Academic Festival 2005

  • Susan Parrillo '05, "On Plato's Forms: A Philosophical Theory or Theme in Dialectic?"