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  • Education:

    Bachelor of Arts, Classical and Near Eastern Civilizations, Art History, summa cum laude
    Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, '12

    Kevin’s senior thesis examined multiple Etruscan urban sites and contrasted their layouts with modern theories of urban planning to build a comprehensive theory of Etruscan urbanism. His primary interests lie in urban farm and town planning in the classical Mediterranean and ancient Near Eastern worlds, with a special focus on the Etruscans. In summer 2012, he participated in the excavations at Poggio Civitate, the site of a rural Etruscan elite residence near modern-day Siena. Other areas of interest include the comparative study of empires and imperial structures in the ancient world and Hellenistic history.

  • Education:

    Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics, Classical Studies, cum laude
    Rice University, '12

    Thomas is interested in Indo-European comparative philology and historical linguistics, IE cultural reconstruction, comparative mythology/folklore and ancient history. He also has a strong fondness for medieval Germanic history, linguistics and literature, e.g., Beowulf and the Icelandic sagas.

  • Education:

    Bachelor of Arts, high honors, Classical Studies, Economics,
    Dartmouth College, '12

    Prior to joining Penn's Post-Bacc, Peter completed an intensive summer school in Greek at University College Cork, Ireland. Peter is interested in the Hellenistic philosophies and their reception. His undergraduate thesis examined the role of Stoic physics in the philosophy of the 16th century humanist, Justus Lipsius. He also takes particular interest in the Senecan corpus, drama and Imperial Latin poetry.

  • Education:

    Classical Languages, cum laude, University of California, Berkeley, '13

    Anna's interests include gender in Attic tragedy (particularly Sophoclean tragedy), intertextuality and Bronze Age material culture. Anna attended UC Berkeley's 2012 Archaeological Field School in Mycenae and Nemea, Greece, after which she joined Dr. Kim Shelton's research team at the Nemea Archives in Berkeley as an undergraduate research apprentice. In addition to Greek and Latin, Anna has studied Spanish, French and German.

  • Education:

    Bachelor of Arts, Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Minors in Greek and Spanish, cum laude, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, '13

    Will entered the Classical Studies post-baccalaureate program in the fall of 2013. He attended the Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Symposium in 2012 and the Homer Multitext Project in the summer of 2013, both held at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. He has also studied abroad in Istanbul, Turkey. 

    His interests are focused on Homeric poetry and ritual in Archaic and Classical Greece. He is also interested in classical reception and intertextuality. Will’s senior honors thesis focused on Helen of Troy's evolution from Spartan cult to her reception in 20th century fiction.

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