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  • Repetition and Iconicity in Homer 

    O'Donald, Megan
    This dissertation investigates the iconic function of repetitions of words and other units of speech in the Iliad and Odyssey as a component of the structural stylistics and aesthetics of Homeric epic. While these works ...
  • Lucretius' imagery; |b a poetic reading of the D̲e̲ R̲e̲r̲u̲m̲ N̲a̲t̲u̲r̲a̲ 

    Sullwold, George John (1957)
    Philosophical and philological matters have often distracted the reader and the scholar from a poetic reading of the Be Rerum Natura. The philosophy and the language present certain problems and these are worth studying, ...
  • A study of Sophocles' Oedipus Coloneus 

    Murphy, Jeanne Thomas (1957)
    It is the intention and purpose of this thesis to study the Oedipus Coloneus of Sophocles. Since there is a real need for an investigation of the Coloneus as a work of art and not as a philosophical treatise or a theological ...
  • Roman declamation 

    McCharles, John Alestair (1930)
    To the student of republican and imperial Rome few studies are more fertile than that of her accomplishments in the field of oratory. Two thousand years lie between our century and the age of Cicero but we ourselves still ...
  • The reality of the soul in Plato 

    De Lacy, Phillip (1933)
    Plato's literary style was naturally adapted for the representation of divergent points of view; and the apparently contradictory statements which he puts in the mouth even of hismost important character, Socrates, cause ...
  • Giton's Performance of Status in the Satyrica of Petronius 

    Clark, Konnor Lee
    The character Giton in Petronius’s Satyrica represents one of the most multifaceted characters in this piece of literature. The thesis of this dissertation is that Giton performs slavery in various ways throughout the ...
  • The Best of the Olympians: The Character of Apollo in the Homeric Epics and Hymns 

    Bertany, Edward M.
    This dissertation is primarily a character study of the god Apollo in Homeric poetry. A close analysis of Apollo’s characterization over the course of the Iliad and the Odyssey reveals that this god, who has been the topic ...
  • Mille simul leti facies: The Allusive Battlefield of Punica 4 

    Conner, Daniel Abraham
    This dissertation examines the two major battle scenes in book 4 of Silius Italicus’ Punica, Ticinus and Trebia, focusing on the poet’s intricate, purposeful, and programmatic use of inter- and intratextual allusion on the ...
  • Ἕρκος Ἀθηναίων: The Ajax Myth, the Trojan War, and Civic Ideology in Fifth-Century Athens 

    Carver, Chad
    This project explores how fifth-century Athens attempted to appropriate the myth of Telamonian Ajax as a way to express its civic ideology and sociohistorical identity in the decades following the Second Persian Invasion. ...
  • Columella's Georgics: Form, Method, Intertextuality, Ideology 

    Requejo, Alberto A.
    This dissertation consists of a study of Columella’s georgic poem in the context of the technical treatise on agriculture of which it is an integral part. I consider four aspects in order to arrive at an interpretation ...
  • Atomism in the Aeneid: Physics, Politics, and Cosmological Disorder 

    Gorey, Matthew Mead
    This dissertation examines the role of philosophical allegory in the Aeneid, focusing on tendentious allusions to Epicurean atomism as it is presented in Lucretius. I argue that Virgil, drawing upon a popular strain of ...
  • Vates and Initiates: Augustan Poetic Manipulation of Greek Mystery Cult 

    Vazquez, Adriana Maria
    This study argues for the viability of mystery cult as a distinct category of religious experience with a particular presence in the Roman poetic imagination and an especial importance in the Augustan period as locus for ...
  • The Fugitive: Murder and Exile in the Age of Heroes 

    Kim, Eunice Seungyeon
    This dissertation examines fugitive murderers and the conceptual functions they fulfill in Homeric poetry. The story pattern of the fugitive murderer is a background against which the Homeric poems consistently portray ...
  • Allusion and Cultural Memory in Late Antiquity: Ausonius, Prudentius, and Claudian 

    Hartman, Joshua J.
    This dissertation explores the influence of poetry on the construction and perpetuation of culturally dominant narratives. I demonstrate that late antique poets were particularly sensitive to the effect that their work ...
  • Written on Running Water: Ovidian Poetics in the Roman Waterscape 

    Langley, Bridget Alice
    Written on Running Water: Ovidian Poetics in the Roman Waterscape analyzes the symbolic value of water in Ovid’s poetry and considers how this was affected by the reorganization of the Roman water supply under Augustus. ...
  • The Sophistic Roman: Education and Status in Quintilian, Tacitus and Pliny 

    Jones, Brandon
    This study is about the construction of identity and self-promotion of status by means of elite education during the first and second centuries CE, a cultural and historical period termed by many as the Second Sophistic. ...
  • Medical Language in the Speeches of Demosthenes 

    Das, Allison E.
    This project is intended as an examination of medical language and imagery in the speeches of Demosthenes, with special attention given to his speeches against his political opponent Aeschines, Against the False Embassy ...
  • The Honey Bee and Apian Imagery in Classical Literature 

    Carlson, Rachel D.
    This work is a cultural and literary history of the bee and apian imagery in ancient Greece and Rome, and seeks to offer a better understanding of how apian imagery is used throughout antiquity. In three chapters, I explore ...
  • All Italy an orchard: landscape and the state in Varro's de Re Rustica 

    Kapteyn, Jessica
    This project examines the way in which Varro, in his de Re Rustica, interacts with the political and social issues of his day. Written at the end of the Republic, the dRR belongs contextually to a period wherein farms and ...
  • The Building of Verse: Descriptions of Architectural Structures in Roman Poetry 

    Crofton-Sleigh, Elizabeth
    The Building of Verse: Descriptions of Architectural Structures in Roman Poetry examines depictions of architecture in the literature of the Roman poets Virgil, Ovid, Horace, Propertius, Statius, and Martial. These poets, ...

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