Academics

Academic Studies

I am currently excavating in Torre deghli Embrici located in Rionero in Vulture Potenza, Basilicata, Italy.  I am learning an array of languages, including French, German, and ancient Greek to prepare myself to enroll in a Ph. D. program for Classical Archaeology.  My interests lie within history and archaeology of the Greek and Roman worlds.  In June 2010 I graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Classical Studies, concentrating on Roman and Greek history and archaeology with Professors Paul Christesen, Roger Ulrich, and Jeremy Rutter.

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In Spring 2009, I participated in Dartmouth College’s archaeology program to Greece, London, and Turkey.  We explored over 100 sites around the Aegean, studied with curators and professors in the Egyptian, Syrian, Islamic, and Classics departments at the British Museum, and enjoyed many a gyro.

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Current Research:________________________

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2010: “Is it Love or War? The Romanization of the Amazonomachia on Roman Sarcophagi from the Hadrianic Period to the Tetrarchy”

The history of the depictions of the Amazonomachia emerges as one of the richest and oldest themes in Classical art.  Some of the earliest depictions date to the first century of the Greek Archaic period.  As the theme passed from Greek to Roman applications, the context on which it was crafted changed as well.  One of the most prominent media took the form of friezes on sarcophagi.  The Amazonomachia again emerged as a prominent scene, complimenting the bellicose Roman nature.  Despite the graphic nature of the Amazonomachia, the scene offers its patron a chance to rectify eternal death with eternal love.

Read the first draft of the paper to see how.

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2009-2010: “The Alexander Romances and Tamerlane”

(Publication forthcoming)

My current research involves the effects that the Alexander Romances, a Hellenistic piece written by Pseudo-Callisthenes, had on later works during the Mongol regime.  Although the two figures lived and conquered over a millennium apart, the Alexander Romances survived, in tact, and thrived across Europe and Asia in numerous translations.  This cross-cultural study reaffirms the resonating effect that the Greeks showered the Mediterranean and Asian areas.  This study elucidates the importance of centuries old trade networks.

Much work is still needed, but if you are interested, you can read the most recent manuscript here.

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