Volume 6

The Sunoikisis consortium has presented an undergraduate symposium nearly every year since 2003. On Saturday, March 3, the Center for Hellenic Studies continued the tradition by hosting the 2018 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 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 2018 symposium concerned Ancient Medicine, topics which correspond to the fall 2017 courses offered by Sunoikisis.


“The Societal and Intellectual Barriers to a Unified Microbial Theory in Ancient Greece and Rome”
Miranda Ginder, University of Sciences

“The Shifting Importance of Animals for the Ancient Medical Practitioner”
Shannon Johnson-Finn, Franklin & Marshall College

“Galenic Medicine: The beginning of the formation of pediatric medicine”
Yiting Liu, Franklin & Marshall College

“The Term ἄτη as it Denotes Depressive μελαγχολία: The Two Aspects of μελαγχολία in Classical Texts”
Maya C. Locker, Franklin & Marshall College

“Regulating the human genes in antiquity: Plato’s and Aristotle’s Eugenics”
Triet Nguyen, Franklin & Marshall College

“The Concept of Heredity: The Pre-Socratics through Galen”
Alex Pinsk, Franklin & Marshall College

“The Nature of Healing at the Epidaurian Asklepieion”
Jonas Tai, Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Editorial Board

Thomas Figueira, Rutgers University
Ryan Fowler, Franklin & Marshall College
Clifford Robinson, University of Sciences

Senior Editorial Assistant

Emily Kohut, Post-Baccalaureate Fellow, Sunoikisis