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Academic Program: Senior Experience & Thesis

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The senior experience in the Department of Classics builds towards the writing of a senior thesis (typically 35 to 45 pages) on a topic of the student's choice, under the guidance of two faculty members. Senior Seminar, a collaboratively taught, weekly course conducted during the fall semester, provides a forum in which students are introduced to a variety of theoretical approaches, further develop the ability to read and critique scholarship, and learn about resources for research in the field; it also gives them an opportunity to craft an interesting and appropriate question that they will explore in the thesis they write during the spring semester.

Goals for the senior thesis

In the process of writing the senior thesis, students should acquire and demonstrate:

  • The ability to craft an interesting and appropriate question in order to make a new contribution to the field of Classics.
  • The ability to read relevant ancient texts, in the original languages as appropriate, and to discuss and analyze classical culture.
  • A familiarity with relevant modern scholarship and engagement with the methods and standards of the discipline of Classics
  • The ability to develop an article-length paper, consisting of original work, under the mentorship of two faculty

Thesis assessment

The thesis is evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Formulation of the question and of the thesis that emerges.
  • Familiarity with and understanding of primary texts
  • Originality of approach and/or conclusions
  • Use of evidence
  • Logical development of argument
  • Clarity of writing
  • Degree to which the thesis is grounded in current knowledge about antiquity, demonstrates understanding of relevant methodological and theoretical issues, and meets the standards of the discipline of Classics.

Author

Title

Year

URL

The Battlefield of History: Megara, Athens, and the Mythic Past from 600 BC to 250 BC Horn, Shannon 2014
Shaping the Hero: The Achillean Figure within Batman Lopez, Rogelio 2014
Sophrosyne in Plato and Methodius Mongoven, Emma K. 2014
Cicero and the Lion’s Roar: An Examination of Churchill’s Use of Ciceronian Rhetoric to Justify WWII and Motivate the Allies Reale, Gabriel J. 2014
Security and Internal Conflict in the Arkhidamian War Rothman, Harris S. 2014
“Legends Malleable in His Intellectual Furnace”: Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Wonder Book, Mythological Adaptation, and Children’s Literature Horn, Jacob 2013 http://thesis.haverford.edu/dspace/handle/10066/11809
Time and the Self in Seneca’s De Brevitate Vitae Walter, Benjamin Z. 2013 http://thesis.haverford.edu/dspace/handle/10066/11485
Πολιτικός Ἔρως: Alcibiades’ Love in Thucydides and Plato Olin, Nicholas J. 2013 http://thesis.haverford.edu/dspace/handle/10066/11484
Virtus, Clementia, and Caesar’s Left-Hand Man: Lucan’s Lament of Republican Ethics Liscovitz, Matthew 2013 http://thesis.haverford.edu/dspace/handle/10066/11464
The Rage of a Hero in the Song of the Nightingale Foxley, Florencia 2013 http://thesis.haverford.edu/dspace/handle/10066/11097
Dangerous Fugues: Sirens, Divas, and the Dangerous Voice Silverblank, Hannah 2012 http://thesis.haverford.edu/dspace/handle/10066/9159
Hated Hades and Provoked Pluto: Characterizing Hades, Pluto, and the transition between the Greek and Roman Gods in antiquity and in the modern works of Rick Riordan Lee, James 2012

Glick, Frances R.

Reconciling Fratricide: The Narration of Violence in the Roman Foundation Myth

2011

Keogh, Abby

Imagining an Italian Stallion: Natural Imagery and Ethnic Identity in the Aeneid

2011

Lopatin, Alexander J.

The Pivotal Theios Aner: (Re)invented Conservatism in Philostratus’ Life of Apollonius of Tyana

2011

Reisman, Asher Jacob

Divine Embodiment and Cosmic Tragedy in Prometheus Desmotes

2011

Williams, Nicole

Beware of Gods Bearing Gifts: Gift Exchange, the Greeks, and Their Gods

2010

Buckingham, Emma

The Development and Socioeconomic Contexts of Special Techniques in Athenian Vase-Painting: A Case Study in Six’s Technique, Coral-Red and White- Ground

2010

Zakheim, Adam

Hoplite Centrism and Aristocratic Idealism in Thucydides’ History

2010

LeFrancois , Meghan

Love as Recollection in Plato’s Symposium

2010

Cavanagh, Mark

The Anatomy of Rationalization: A Reprieve for Heroic Mythological Exegesis in Philostratus’ Heroicus

2010

Sergeon, Vanessa

Homeric Story-Telling in Heliodorus’ An Ethiopian Story

2010

Miller, Mara

The Language of Built Form as a Blueprint for Comedy in Plautus’ Mostellaria and Miles Gloriosus

2010

Keogh, Aileen

Married Mortals in Ovid’s Metamorphoses

2010

Carroll, Thomas

Aeneas in the New World: Reshaping the Interpretive Motif in Barlow’s Columbiad

2010

Pollack, Lara

Amazons in the Amphora: Traces of the Defeated Other in Wonder Woman Comics

2010

Gafford, Cassandra

Comprehending Catastrophe: A Study in Earthquakes in Literature of the Second Century CE

2009

Subashi, Alexander Thoma

Notions of Literary Materiality in Pindar's Epinikia and Statius' Silvae

2009

Derbew, Sarah

Educatio et alimenta puellis: Munificence or Political Tricks of Emperors?

2009

http://hdl.handle.net/10066/3591

Iodice, Julia

Helen of Troy in Contemporary Greek Lyric Poetry

2008

Potestio, Greg

The Ancient Obsession: Europe's Reception of the Classical Greek Legacy in the Time Period of the Greek War of Independence

2008

Lebowitz, Willy

Complex Unity: "Self" and Deliberation in Homer's Odyssey and Iliad

2008

http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1576

Rodriguez, Evan

Making Sense of Socrates in a Dialogue of Contradictions: Studies in Plato's Protagoras

2008

http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1439

Baratz, Katharine

Bene dicendi scientia: “The power of speech/To stir men’s blood”? Quintilian’s Institutio Oratoria and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

2007

http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1574

Higgins-Biddle, Molly

Defending the Lysis: Reciprocity in Friendship and Desire

2007

Yarbrough, Colin

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2007

Shahla, Alex

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2007

Klos, Alison

Ostensible Agency: The Rape of the Sabine Women from a Feminist Perspective

2007

Rubinstein, Eric

Envisioning the Narrative Voice as Parasitis

2004

Badtke-Berkow, Joseph

Ending Oedipus

2002

Walsh, Christine

Tales of Terror and Fear in the Liminal Creature: A Look at Petronius' Cena Trimalchionis, Apuleius' Metamorphoses, and Pliny's Letter 7.27

2002

Dwyer, Jason

An Examination of Catullus' Use of Sappho in the Lesbia Series

2001

Walsh, Catherine

Women in the Life of Titus Pomponius Atticus

2000

Zito, Nicole

Ovid's Women of Stone

1999

Durham, Alexandra

Capies, Tu Modo Tende Plagas: Repetition and Inversion of the Hunting Metaphor in Roman Love Elegy

1999

http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1478

Vaccaro, Jacob

Mythical, Historical and Allegorical Narratives in Till We Have Faces

1998

http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1477

Hoguet, Laura

From Troy to Rome: History and Mythology in Virgil's Aeneid

1998

Gardiner, Anna S.

Clodia/Claudia: Reconsidering Images from Cicero's Letters and Pro Caelio

1996

Wolpert, Aaron

Material Evidence for the Compositional Phases of Homeric Epic

1995

Christy, Elizabeth

Narratological Metamorphoses: A Study of the Narrator Stance in Apuleius' Metamorphoses

1993

http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1476

Cohen, Elizabeth S.

Goddess, Wife, and Whore: The Role of the Cult of Isis in Roman Society and How It Is Reflected in the Elegists: Ovid, Tibullus and Propertius

1992

DiLorenzo, Kate

Relationships to the Muses' Gift in the Epic Poets and Sappho

1992

http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1475

De Jong, Sarah

The Literature of the Early Reign of Nero as it Reflects the Ideology of the Imperial Cult at Rome

1990


Burnett, Lee

Pope and Horace Sermones II.i: A Study in Imitation

1990

http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1474

Null, Amy

Anaphoric and Proximate Reference: Reflexive Forms in Classical

1988

http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1473

Goldman, Arthur Steven

Integration and Coherence in Philo of Alexandria's On the Account of the World's Creation as Given by Moses

1986

http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1472

Everett, Andrea

Women Together: The Dialectic of Empathy and Hostility in Greek Tragedy

1985

La Spada, Salvatore

Cornelii Taciti Historiae: A Close Character Study

1982

Author (name from title page)

Title

Year

John Howard Redfield, Jr.

The Life and Teachings of Socrates

1899

Heber Sensenig

The Olympian and Pythian Games

1900

Joseph John Barclay

Codification of Roman Law by Emperor Justinian

1902

John Sharpless Fox

The Rise of the Papacy

1902

Richard Mott Gummere

The Roman Religion in its Essential Features, Nature, Deities, and Decline

1902

Charles Harper Smith

Influence of the Sea upon Euripides

1902

J.E. Hollingsworth

The Ethics of Homer as found in the Iliad and the Odyssey

1903

John Charles

The Production of a Greek Play

1904

Philip Donald Folwell

The Scholar of the Middle Ages

1904

John Roberts Thomas

A History of Isthmian Canal Failures

1904

Andrew, Adelbert Owen

Arianism

1905

Bales, Thomas Menroy

What we Owe to Greece

1905

Ohl, Frederick William

1905

Smith, Manning James

Aeilus Sejanus

1905

Spaeth, Sigmund Gottfried

The Development of Instrumental Music

1905

White, Lyndon Lea

Montanism

1905

Thomas Kite Brown, Jr.

The Legend of Oedipus Tyrannus

1906

Gordon Harwood Graves

John Milton's Silvarum Liber done into English Verse

1906

Elliott Bartram Richards

The Literary Art of Oedipus Tyrannus

1906

Joseph Cooper Birdsall

Horace: A Study of the Roman Satire and its Development

1907

Howard Mitchell, Jr.

The Development of the Christian Ministry during the First Three Centuries

1907

Sargent, Winthrop Jr.

On Musaeus: The Tale of Hero and Leander

1908

Killen, Clarence Creadick

Chaucer's Use of Classic Materials

1909

Kitchen, Paul Cliff

Some Facts and Conclusions about the Earlier Middle Ages

1909

Sandt, Walter Correll

A Study of the Life and Works of Marcus Aurelius

1909

Shoemaker, Edwin

The Development of the Papacy to a Position of Supremacy in the Church, 100 to 867

1909

Watson, Matthew Herbert

The Religiousness of the Greeks

1909

Williams, William Loyd Garrison

The Life and Works of Sidonius Apollinaris and Their Significance

1910

Mc Kay, Howard F.

Gnosticism

1911

Post, L. Arnold

Greek and English Epic

1911

Shero, Lucius R.

ΑΛΚIΦΡΟΝΟΣ ΡΗΤΟΡΟΣ Translated (in part) with Introduction by L.R. Shero

1911

Wadsworth, Charles 3rd

St. Augustine: A short treatise on his life, his thought, his work and his theology.

1911

Froelicher, Hans Jr.

Socrates: the Significance of his Life in the History of Greek Thought

1912

Lowry, Herbert Mendenhall

Theodoric: His Influence on the History of Italy

1912

Marshburn, Albert Lawrence

The Fatum of Lucretius and Vergil

1912

Maule, Edmund Richardson

The History of the Ancient Church

1913

Offermann, Harry

The idea of Φιλανθρωπία Among the Greeks

1913

Winslow, George Leiper

St. Paul and the Council of Jerusalem

1913

Garrigues, John Kittera

A Parallel Study of Greek and Roman Religious Education

1914

Gummere, John Westcott

Drama and the Ancient Greek Drama

1915

McNeill, Joseph

Pagan Rivals to Christ

1915

Whipple, Paul Kimball

The Legal Status of the Roman Freewoman

1915

Dunlap, George Arthur

1916

Kuhns, John

Mithraism

1916

Stone, Albert Hendrix

The Development of Classicism in the Poetry of John Keats

1916

Wendell, Douglas Cary

The Development of Classicism in John Keats as shown by his Letters

1916

Barker, Albert Winslow

The Subjective Factor in Greek Architectural Design

1917

Spaeth, John William, Jr.

Alexandrinism in the Poetry of Catullus

1917

Long, Charles-Francis

Aulus Cornelius Celsus, Medicus

1918

Townsend, Alfred J.

Roman Private Games and Sports

1918