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


Genevieve Marie Hook, “Making Italy Great Again: the Aeneid as Mythological Justification for Roman Power and Land Occupation”

Ying Ying (Amelea) Ng, “Poetic Justice: Declamatory Rhetoric and Poetry in the Songs of Orpheus”

Lewis Sears Sherman, “The Endurance of Truth: Views on Law and Knowledge in Plato and al-Farabi”


Bailey Rose Boatsman, "Sticking it to the Men: Transgressive Women on the Greek Tragic Stage"

Yelena Jeanne Erez, “It’s the Thought that Counts: Living in Accordance with Reason In Stoic Philosophy"

Carolyn Louise Foerster, "Caesar et suos: Charisma, Pietas, and Discipline in the Gallic War" (Classics/Religion)

George Walter Johnson, "Medicine in the Iliad"

Anya Elizabeth Logan, "The Honeyed Cup: Lucretius’s Use of Myth"

Alex Joseph McGrath, "Gangsta’s Paradise Popular Politics and Gang Violence in the Late Roman Republic (63–52 BCE)"

Warren James Peterson, "Omens and Intertexts: Interpreting Signs and Language in the oἰωνοϲκοπικά"

Haley Jean Tilt, "Living and Dying Young: Conceptions of Child Development in Africa Proconsularis"


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"