CAS Graduate Student Conference: The Aftermath of Conflict: Responses to Human and Material Trauma in the Ancient World

Friday, April 14, 2023 - 5:30pm to Saturday, April 15, 2023 - 8:00pm

Friday, April 14th, 2023

Keynote Address

5:30 – 6:45 pm

Professor Kashi Gomez (University of Pennsylvania)

“Theories of Conquest and the Bodies of Women in Sanskrit Literature”

7:00 pm

Pizza & drinks reception in Cohen 2nd floor lounge


Saturday, April 15th, 2023

9 am Breakfast

Panel 1: Experiences of War

9:30 am

Vanessa Stovall (University of Vermont)

“The (Dis)tresses of Women: Traumatized Hair and Gendered Anxiety in Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita

 9:45 am

Mark Van Horn (University of Pennsylvania)

Ancient Media and Modern Aftermaths: Eternal Soldier and the Veterans’ History Exchange

10:00 am

Brianna Gardner (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

“​​Assessing Skeletal Trauma for Evidence of Organized Conflict”

10:15 am

Jermaine Bryant (Princeton University)

“Umbria, Home of the Roman Callimachus! On Propertius’ Problematic Patria”

10:30 am

Discussant: Amelia Bensch-Schaus (University of Pennsylvania)


Break 11:15 – 11:45 am

11:35 am Museum Focus Object with David Mulder (University of Pennsylvania)


Panel 2: Empire and Colonization

11:45 am

Jeremy Steinberg (University of Pennsylvania)

An End to Post-Judaean War Trauma? Rethinking Nerva’s Fiscus Iudaicus Coin

12:00 pm

Natalie Marie Yeagley (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

“Surveying Material Evidence for Periods of Increased Violence in the Early Bronze Age Aegean”

12:15 pm

Kong F. Cheong (American University)

“Coconut Palm and European Colonization: An Ecological Disaster at the Ancient Swahili Stone Town of Manda, Kenya”

12:30 PM

Helen Wong (University of Pennsylvania)

“Water Access, Imperialism, and the Urban-rural Relationship in Hellenistic-Roman Scythopolis”

12:45 pm

Discussant: Danielle Perry (University of Pennsylvania)


Lunch Break 1:30 – 2:45 pm

2:35 pm Museum Focus Object with Arielle Hardy (University of Pennsylvania)


Panel 3: Language and Conflict

2:45 pm

Roman “Sunshine” Alvarez De Silva (University of Vermont)

“Remembering to Heal: Livy’s Preface and Aeneas’ Speech after the Storm”

3:00 pm

Julia Pare (Princeton University)

“Pasiphae’s Paideia: Traumatized Stoic Education and Self-Alienation in Seneca’s Phaedra”

3:15 pm

Eric Daniel Villalobos (Emory University)

“Bending the Rules Better: Debating Exceptions to Monastic Rules in Mūrtipūjaka Śvetāmbara Jainism”

3:30 pm

Discussant: Tiffany Nguyen (University of Pennsylvania)


Break 4:15 – 4:45 pm

4:35 pm Museum Focus Object with Shaashi Ahlawat (University of Pennsylvania)


Panel 4: Monuments and Commemoration

4:45 pm

Charles Ro (University of Pennsylvania)

Troiani qui capta Troia bello superfuerant: The Defeat, Immigration, and Refuge of Aeneas”

5:00 pm

Maja Kleihs (University of Oregon)

“Identity in the Attalid Dedications: Examining the Vanquished Vatican Persian”

5:15 pm

Alex Nguyen (University of Pennsylvania)

The City on Fire, or, How Do You Memorialize A Burning City?: The Poetics of Grief in Response to the Razings of Saigon, Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Troy”

5:30 pm

Discussant: Matthew Capps (University of Pennsylvania)



6:30 pm, Han Dynasty