Volume 5

The Sunoikisis consortium has presented an undergraduate symposium nearly every year since 2003. On Saturday, March 11, the Center for Hellenic Studies continued the tradition by hosting the 2017 Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Symposium workshop.

The symposium followed a workshop format in which the authors shared their research and received feedback in a roundtable discussion.

The participating students also received feedback in advance of the symposium on their abstracts, annotated bibliographies, and paper drafts. A week before the workshop, the authors pre-circulated their papers and, using CommentPress, faculty members and fellow participants started discussions online through annotations. If one student asked a question or pointed out a problem area in her own paper, other participants would reply with ideas and suggestions. The students’ familiarity with each others’ work set the stage for the fruitful discussion during the one-day workshop.

All seven papers in the 2017 symposium concerned Hellenistic Literature or Roman Imperial Literature, topics which correspond to the fall 2016 Greek and Latin courses offered by Sunoikisis.


“Heavenly Haircuts & Missing Bodies: An Examination of Berenice’s Absence from within Callimachus’ ‘Coma Berenices'”
Madeline Ezell, Southwestern University

“The Writing on the Walls: Reading the Sexual Passivity of the Women of Herculaneum”
Brittany Hardy, Millsaps College

“An Unidentifiable Icon: Nikolaos Gyzis”
Evanthea Hammer, Georgetown University

“Dead Dramatists Society”
Sherry Lee, Yale University

“Idealized and Barbarous Rome: Militarism in Tacitus’ Germania”
Allison Thorsen, Hunter College and Queens College

“The Clemency and Cruelty of Tiberius in Tacitus’ Annals”
Dominick Vandenberge, CUNY and Hunter College

“Pliny II the Hero”
Mario Williams, Concordia

Editorial Board

Ronnie Ancona, CUNY
Egbert Bakker, Yale University
Hal Haskell, Southwestern University
Holly Sypniewski, Millsaps College
Heather Waddell, Concordia College

Senior Editorial Assistant

Emily Kohut, Post-Baccalaureate Fellow, Center for Hellenic Studies

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