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And So We’ve Come to the End

By • Aug 27th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

With my last first day of classes come and gone, I am sad to finally realize that the summer is officially over. Although it feels as if it passed way too quickly, I am pleased with the amount of research and work that I was able to accomplish. My paper is currently being edited by […]



What’s More Fun Than Editing?

By • Aug 17th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

It is very strange, but once I begin actually writing a paper, I feel as if my work is already coming to a close. In reality, the true work is just beginning. These past few weeks since I last posted have been spent working on the first draft of my final product for my Monroe […]



Upperclass Monroe Scholars Summer Research Projects 2015-08-03 16:33:09

By • Aug 3rd, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

To say that July was a month of ups and downs would be an understatement. Definitely one of the highest points is realizing just how amazing of an advisor I have. Throughout this entire process, Professor Swetnam-Burland (or Professor SB if you’ve been in one of her classes) has been an invaluable resource for constructive […]



A Lot of Patience, a Little Detective Work, and a Blessing on Google Translate – Update 1

By • Jun 29th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Time certainly flies when you’re researching! Four weeks into my summer project, and I’m beginning to realize that this project is a much more extensive than I had ever imagined. Starting out, I intended to use depictions of the suicide of Ajax the Greater to compare the cultural climates on suicide in the Ancient World. […]



Abstract – Ancient Shame: Depictions of the Suicide of Ajax in Classical Art

By • Mar 20th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Second only in greatness to the mighty Achilles, Ajax the Greater occupies a his own heroic narrative within Homer’s Iliad. When cheated out of Achilles’ armor, Ajax is driven into an angry rage, slaughtering sheep which he mistakes for the Greek leaders.  Awakening from his irate stupor and greeted by the sight of the slain […]



Final Post!

By • Aug 22nd, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Well the end of the summer is officially here, and with it the end of my research. If you’re interested in my final product, please take a look at my article attached! However, if there is one thing I have learned during this summer, it is that research is a living and breathing entity. While […]



…And We’re Still Writing…

By • Aug 17th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As you may have surmised from the title of this post, I am still working on my final paper. With a solid first draft, I am currently editing and formatting my introduction and conclusion, as well as fleshing out my footnotes. These footnotes are quickl…



And the Writing Begins…

By • Aug 11th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Having finally compiled my research, I set off on the last leg of my summer project: actually writing my paper. By far the least anticipated section of my summer research (which was not exactly unexpected seeing as I started my summer with a trip to It…



In Which I Regret Not Knowing German

By • Jul 27th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

For those of you not familiar with the Classics community or who have never taken an upper-level Latin course, allow me to explain one unhappy truth for English-speaking students of Latin: in Classical philology, the Germans reign supreme. Philology, translated loosely from Greek as “the love of learning/reason,” has come to mean the study of […]



Researching in Italy, the Terme di Diocleziano, and the Laudatio Turiae in person

By • Jul 8th, 2014 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

  Almost a full month since my return from Italy, I am finally settling in to begin the second phase of my research. To remind anyone reading, my summer research focuses on a laudatio funebris commonly known as the Laudatio Turiae, looking at both the importance that it represents as transitional document and the importance […]