Titles of Recent Honors Projects

Below is a sampling from the titles of honors theses submitted at Penn (with apologies for the incompleteness of the list: if you have additions, please let us know!).

100-word abstracts are a also available for most projects completed since 2013; see the student coursework presented at Senior Colloquium.


Amanda Ball, "The Rock-Vaulted Halls: A look into the landscape of the Greco-Roman underworld and its origins" (supervisor: Brian Rose)

Cara Cugley, "An Analysis of Tomb II of the Great Tumulus at Vergina" (supervisor: Julia Wilker)

Kate Goldenberg, "Reclaiming a Selected Past: Mussolini’s Rome and Bacon’s Philadelphia" (double major with URBS; supervisors: Eric Schneider [URBS], James Ker [CLST])

Julia Hurley, "Food in Roman Britain: A discussion of current issues in scholarship and a proposed new approach" (supervisor: Ann Kuttner)

Elizabeth Potens, "Dionysus and the Cultural Identity of Thrace: A xenos god for a xenos people" (supervisors: James Ker, Tom Tartaron)

Devin Scanlon, "Metabolai Politeiōn" (supervisor: John Mulhern)

Carson Woodbury, "Call Me Demaratus: Narrating Spartan ethnography in the Historiesof Herodotus (supervisor: Julia Wilker)


Alex Clapp, "Politics of Culture in the Ancient Pontus" (supervisor: Jeremy McInerney)

Kyle deSandes-Moyer, "Hunters, Guards, Companions: The Role of Dogs in Antiquity" (supervisors: Katherine Moore, Thomas Tartaron)

Sarah Gutman, "'The Ways of Conduct and Fate': Codes of Conduct in the Iliad and the Ethics of War" (supervisor: Peter Struck)

Molly Hutt, "Well That Escalated Quickly: Infanticide and Duality in Euripides' Medea as an Expression of Athenian Anxieties in 431 BC" (supervisor: Jeremy McInerney)

Marguerite Leone, "The Justinianic Plague and the History of Epidemics" (supervisor: James Ker)

James Levy, "The Outsider as Insider: Aristophanes’ Understanding of the Classical Athenian Slave" (supervisor: Jeremy McInerney)

Jamie O'Connell, "MagušMágos, or Magician: Considering Herodotus as a Source for theMagoi in Achaemenid Religion" (supervisors: Justin McDaniel and Jeremy McInerney) [ANCH major]

Alethea Roe, "Ancient Faces, Enduring Questions: The 'Fayum' Mummy Portraits and the Problem of Verisimilitude" (supervisor: Ann Kuttner)

Laura Santander, "Playing With Our Expectations: The Narrator's Influence on the Audience's Experience in Homer's Iliad and Euripides' Troades" (supervisor: Emily Wilson) 

Noreen Sit, "A Culture of Display: Expenditure and Image from Caesar to Nero" (supervisor: Cynthia Damon)

Adena Wayne, "'Contrarios ceteris mortalibus': Reading Tacitean Irony on the Jews in theHistories Book V" (supervisor: Natalie Dohrmann and Peter Struck)


Jacob Finkel, "Deceptive Veracity: Cicero's Use of Direct Discourse for Dramatic Invention in ad Atticum 389" (supervisor: James Ker) [M.A. thesis]

Kalla Gervasio, "Improving Nutrition Education Curricula in the Philadelphia School District: From Hippocrates and Galen to the USDA" (supervisor: Ralph Rosen)

Catherine Krabbenschmidt, "Augustus' Projects on the Palatine: Rewriting Rome's Memory" (supervisor: Kimberly Bowes)

Mark Nakahara, "Art or Archaeology: Collections and Fieldwork of the Penn Museum's Mediterranean Section" (supervisor: Kimberly Bowes)

Alexandra Olsman, "Ipsarum tribadum tribas, Philaeni: The Curious Case and Reconstruction of the Roman Tribas" (supervisor: James Ker)

Anita Saggurti, "Artemis Patron of Fertility and Childbirth" (supervisor: C. Brian Rose) [ANCH major]

Michael Wadden, "Herodotus' Histories, Viewed Through an Ethiopian Lens: A Study of the Narrative Function of Herodotus' Ethiopian Episode" (supervisor: Jeremy McInerney)

Taylor Williams, "'Storms of this Inconstant World': Ideology, Identity, and the Ideal State in Late Antiquity" (supervisor: Cam Grey)

Benjamin Winnick, "Arcadia's Sense of Identity Throughout Antiquity" (supervisor: Jeremy McInerney)

Tongjia "Alex" Zhang, "Socrates and the Irrational: On Plato's Symposium and Phaedrus" (supervisor: Emily Wilson)


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Abby Johnston, [on death, gender, autonomy in Ovid’s Heroides] (supervisor: Emily Wilson)

Sonya Parashar, Galen and his Insecurities (supervisor: Jeremey McInerney)


Ava Childers, “The Politicization of Classical Greek Archaeological Heritage: Building a New Greek Cultural and Natoinal Identity Atop the Parthenon” (supervisor: Tom Tartaron)

Caitlin Foley, “T. Pomponius Atticus and the Pursuit of Self-Preservation” [supervisor: Cam Grey]

Sarah Hilker, “The Hippocratic Doctrine: Finding Traces of Magic in Classical Medicine” (supervisor: Ralph Rosen)

Lily Rogath, “Pinxere et mulieres: Description of the Villa and Tomb of a Gallo-Roman Female Artist Discovered at Saint-Médard-des-Prés (Vendée)” (supervisor: Ann Kuttner)

Christopher Santoli, “Beyond the Angry Man: Cannibalism in Seneca's Prose and Poetry” (supervisor: James Ker)

Johan Tatoy, “Navigating Generic Identities: Medea in Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica” (supervisor: James Ker)


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Susan Garrigle, Alexander and the Succession Crisis (supervisor: Jeremey McInerney)


David Blome, “Hunters and Hounds, Soldiers and Commanders: Combat leadership in Xenophon's Cynegeticus” (supervisor: Jeremey McInerney)

Michele Charles, “Gods, Heroes and the Hoplite: The Role of Religion in Ancient Greek Warfare” (supervisor: Jeremey McInerney)

Jane Raisch, “Agony and Theatricality in Euripides' Bacchae and Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus" (supervisors: Emily Wilson, Classical Studies; Margreta de Grazia English)

Curtis Roche, [on Socrates: focused on the Apology, questions of historicity] (supervisor: Emily Wilson)


Sarah Buchanan, “Alexander’s Funeral Pyre for Hephaestion: A Motif-Based Reading of the Monument as Spectacle” (supervisor: Ann Kuttner) 

Christine Quinn, “The Tomb of Philip II” (supervisor: David Romano)


John Byck, “Sculpture through the Lens: A Retrospective Visual Analysis of the Tyrannicides and the Nike of Samothrace in the Light of Modern Photographic Culture” (supervisor: Ann Kuttner)

Abby Cohen, “The Architectural Landscapes of the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore at Corinth” (supervisor: David Romano)

Michael Lackman, “Personal Politics: Thucydides' Anthropic Polis in the Archidamian War” (supervisor: Jeremey McInerney)

Claudia Moser, “Naked Power: The Phallus as an Apotropaic Symbol in the Images and Texts of Roman Italy” (supervisor: David Romano)

Alexander Perkins, “Scar, Sympathy, Icon, and Identity: The Power of the Name within the Ancient Imagination” (supervisor: Ralph Rosen)

Jessica Shore, [on the social role of the flamen from the late republic to first-century Pompeii] (supervisor: James Ker)

Kelly Sloane, “Epic Illuminations: Word and Image Relationships in the Illustrations of theAeneid in the Vergilius Vaticanus” (supervisor: Joseph Farrell)


Dan Shu, [on Paradise Lost and the Phaethon episode in Ovid's Metamorphoses] (supervisor: Emily Wilson)