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The Papyri: original texts, their context and preservation

By • Jul 29th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Thesis

Thanks to the generosity of those who helped fund my honors research through William & Mary, this month I was able to visit the home of the original Herculaneum papyri. I spent time in and around Naples this month, where I saw Herculaneum, the Naples archaeological museum, and (most importantly), the ‘officina dei papiri ercolanesi’…
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June update: Gramsci, Said, and preparing for a visit to the papyri

By • Jun 30th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

June has been a very busy month for my research. Though translation has hit a snag due to issues receiving a commentary on the text from Germany, I have continued reading Orientalism and was finally able to track down a good translation of Gramsci’s prison notebooks: This translation will enable me to find out which part(s) of the…
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Fragments of the Past: piecing together the Carmen de Bello Actiaco

By • May 25th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

With my first few weeks of full-time summer research, I have been very busy gathering sources (from scholarly websites to an out-of-print commentary available only from an obscure German bookseller). I brought a small library with me from Williamsburg to Lexington, where I will be continuing my research in the coming weeks. Now that my most…
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A Song of Arms and of the Woman: reading the Carmen de bello Actiaco

By • Apr 10th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

For my honors thesis project, I will be examining the Carmen de bello Actiaco (The Poem of the Actian War), a Roman epic found carbonized in the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum. In an already unique context, this text stands out further as being a Latin epic in a collection of primarily Greek works. Most…
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Post 4: summary

By • Aug 24th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

At the end of a long project that has involved writing, research, and a lot of reading, I am very happy with my results. I started with three literary women who have always fascinated me: Dido, Anna Karenina, and Scarlett O’Hara. These women are all strong, passionate, and incredibly unlucky. When I started looking for connections […]



Post 3: a question of guilty

By • Aug 9th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

While reading articles for my final paper, I came across a lot of divided opinions on whether Anna Karenina, Dido, and Scarlett O’Hara should be considered guilty. Many critics are quick to point out that they broke society’s rules, but does that mean they should be judged? In Dido’s case, it is difficult to say […]



Post two: Mothers and children

By • Jul 30th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

The first part of my research involved a lot of reading. I started with the shortest text — Ovid’s Heroides VII. While only a few pages long, this dramatic letter is packed with meaning. In typical Ovid style, what is left unsaid is often just as important as what is stated directly. Since Dido’s character is […]



Scarlett, Dido, and Anna — literary women unlucky in love

By • May 11th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Most people know the character Dido from Vergil’s Aeneid. She is a strong woman, a leader in her own right, who falls in love with the hero Aeneas. When he leaves her to found Rome, she kills herself out of heartbreak. Love destroys her. In his Heroides 7, Ovid paints a somewhat different portrait of Dido. He frames […]