Classics Department


The senior thesis is a yearlong research project on a topic of the student’s choice. Seniors work closely with their professors—many of whom have shaped the course of their Reed education in the tight-knit classics department—as well as with their advisor.

The senior thesis provides the opportunity for deep and sustained work on a topic you are really interested in, working in close collaboration with your faculty advisor. The senior thesis is a challenging but very rewarding academic endeavor. Below are some titles of recent classics senior theses to give you an idea of the diversity of topics that are possible. These and other classics senior theses are housed in the Thesis Tower in the Reed Library. For more information on the timeline of the senior thesis process, review the online senior handbook provided by the registrar’s office.

Recent Classics Senior Theses


Nicholas Brancaccio, “Life in Second Exile: Xenophon’s Reconception of Panhellenism in the Anabasis

Marilyn Carlin, “Tragic Gender Performance in Aeschylus’s Agamemnon

Christopher Embrey, “Social Unity, Class Conflict, and Aristotelian πόλις”

Zachary Garriss, “Acerrimus”

Laura Moser, “Madness and Meaning: Signs of Epic and Tragedy in Sophocles’ Ajax


Johanna Burgess, "The Management of Artistic and Architectural Heritage as a Base of Power in Early Imperial Rome"

Jaye Whitney Dale Debber, "Forces in Opposition: The Polis and the Dionysiac in Euripides' Bacchae"

Heather Hambley, "Gender and Genre in Ovid's Heroides 16 and 17"

Benjamin Stephens, "The Social and Economic Reforms of Diocletian"


Cecilia D'Anastasio, "The Myth of Er: A Meditation on the Value of True Belief in Plato's Republic"

Taylor Farnham, "Sallust and the Revolutionary Subordinate: Bellum Jugurthinum as Contemporary Propaganda"

Arien Gutierrez, "Marks Upon the Body"

Elizabeth Heintges, "Songs of Cyrene: Genre and Foundation in Callimachus and Pindar"

Audrey Lorberfeld, "The Paradox of Alexander in the Greek Alexander Romances"

Theodore Ovrom, "(De) Constructing Narrative: An Examination of Contests in Ovid's Metamorphoses"