Dominick Vandenberge

The Clemency and Cruelty of Tiberius in Tacitus’ Annals 1¶ Prior to Augustus’ reign, sovereignty and influence were largely distributed throughout the offices of the cursus honorum, Senate, and the Curiate, Centuriate, Plebeian, and Tribal Assemblies. This served as a system of checks and balances and kept power from accumulating under one man’s auspices. The … Read moreDominick Vandenberge

Brittany Hardy

The Writing on the Walls: Reading the Sexual Passivity of Herculaneum Women* 1¶ Ancient graffiti– drawings and text inscribed onto the face of a wall– are increasingly acknowledged as valuable sources for studying the daily lives of the ancients. Unlike monumental inscriptions or political programmata, graffiti are imbued with immediacy and do not require an intermediary … Read moreBrittany Hardy

Sherry Lee

Dead Dramatists Society – The Epigram as Literary History in Dioscorides 1¶ The poetry of the Hellenistic era is characterized by an intense, uniquely diachronic preoccupation with the literature of the past. Far from the few specialized instances of discussion of poetics during the classical and archaic periods, the Hellenistic poets were constantly engaged in … Read moreSherry Lee

Madeline Ezell

Heavenly Haircuts & Missing Bodies:An Examination of Berenice’s Absence from within Callimachus’ “Coma Berenices” 1¶ Even today, the narrative, fantasy, and representation of Berenice II remain a source of mystery and intrigue. In the third century BCE, Callimachus forever repositioned representations of the queen with his poem Lock of Berenice. In the fragments of the original … Read moreMadeline Ezell

Noah Dovre

The Threatening Pardon 1¶ Mercy and cruelty are opposing forces within one’s character, one a virtue the other a vice. Their Roman counterparts clementia and crudelitas are held in a similar view albeit a different context. Seneca writes at length on both specifically in his De Clementia and De Ira. He argues that through clemency … Read moreNoah Dovre

Mary Beth Smith

The Motif of Cannibalism in the Metamorphoses and Thyestes 1¶ Passion and revenge are two themes that characterize Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Seneca’s Thyestes. The tone in the Metamorphoses varies from grotesque to comedic to serious. Mythical tradition allows for the creation of imaginative transformations and functions as a conduit for the poet to interweave tales … Read moreMary Beth Smith