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2020

Kay Gabriel
"Euripides, Moderniste: Tragic Adaptation and Avant-Guard Classicism in the Twentieth Century"
Emily Master
"The Leges Iuliae: Augustus, The Law, And The New Order"
Aviv Rosenblatt
"Platonic Matters: On The Relation Between The Sensible And Intelligible Worlds In Plato, Aristotle And Plotinus"
Xiaoxi Zhang
"Cicero’s Marital Strategies:Some Case Studies"

2019

Emma Curran
"Lucretian Lyric: Allusion and Appropriation in Horace's Odes"
Alicia Ejsmond-Frey
"Fifth-Century Athenian Imperialism and the Beginnings of Democracy in Western Asia Minor"
Teddy Fassberg
"Preface to Herodotus: The Prehistory of Prose in the Archaic Age"
Erik Fredericksen
"The Environmental Poetry Of Augustan Rome"
Emily Hulme Kozey
"Philosophia and Philotechnia: The Techne Theme in the Platonic Dialogues"
Richard Hutchins
"Lucretius Against Human Exceptionalizm"
Alexander Petkas
"Synesius of Cyrene and the Politics of the Late Antique Philosophical Letter"
Carolyn Tobin
"Cutthroats and Profiteers: The Beneficiaries of Sulla in Roman Italy"

2018

Stephen Blair
"Fragmented Histories: Recent and Distant Pasts in Early Roman Historiography"
"Uncertain Beginnings: Childbirth and Risk in the Roman World"
Anna Dolganov
"Empire of Law: Legal Culture and Imperial Rule in the Roman Province of Egypt"
"Chorality and Lyric Thought in Greek Tragedy"
Brahm Kleinman
"Scandals and Sanctions: Holding Roman Officials Accountable (202-49 B.C.)"
Caroline Mann
"Religious Transgression in the Roman Republic"
"Satyrplay as Genre"
"Antiquity in Dark Times: Classical Reception in the Thought of Theodor Adorno and Erich Auerbach"
Jack (Vanya) Visnjic
"The Invention of Duty: Stoicism as Deontology"
Clem Wood
"Exemplarity in Tacitus: Literary, Cultural, and Political Contexts"

2017

"Postclassical Choral Performances"
"Loss and the Boundaries of the Self in Statius’ Silvae"

2016

"An Improbable symphony: Genealogy, Paternity, and Identity in Heliodorus' Aethiopica"
"Aristophanes, Posthumanism, and the Roots of Science Fiction"
Samuel Galson
"Ovid's Metamorphoses and the Scientific Revolution"
"Sex and Slavery in the Roman World"
"The New Science: Herodotus' Historical Inquiry and Presocratic Philosophy"
Mali Skotheim
"The Greek Dramatic Festivals Under the Roman Empire"
Wei Wang
"Aristotle on Unmoved Mover and Its Necessity"
"Brain and Soul in Late Antiquity"

2015

Joseph Conlon
"Persa: Introduction and Commentary"
"Solitude and Imagination: Cicero, Virgil, Horace, Propertius"
"Methodius of Olympus' Symposium, Imperial Greek Literature and the Aesthetics of Hope"
"Copia Verborum: Cicero's Philosophical Translations"

2014

Virginia Clark
"Landscapes of Conquest: Space, Place, and Environment in Livy's Ab Urbe Condita"
"Leading (And Reading) by Example:  Exemplarity in Ovid's Metamorphoses"
Simon Oswald
"Trends in Early Epigram"
"The Early Cynic Tradition: Shaping Diogenes' Character"
"The Oversubtle Maxim Chasers: Aristophanes, Euripides, and their Reciprocal Pursuit of Poetic Identity"

2013

"Seneca: The World According to Nature"
"Love, Compassion and Other Vices: A History of the Stoic Theory of the Emotions"
"The Hellenistic Past in Plutarch's Lives"
Jason Pedicone
"Drastic Measures: Meter and the Birth of Book Lyric in Greece and Rome"
Daniel Tober
"The Autobiographical Community: Local Historiography in Classical and Hellnistic Greece"

2012

"Horace and the Greek Language: Aspects of Literary Bilingualism"
"Cultural Exchange in Roman Society: Freed Slaves and Social Values"
Aikaterini Tsolakidou
"The Helix of Dionysus: Musical Imagery in Later Euripidean Drama"
John A. Tully
"Networks, Hegemony, and Multipolarity in the Hellentistic Cyclades"

2011

"The Chorus in Dialogue: Reading Lyric Exchanges in Greek Tragedy"
"Female Religious Officials in Republican Rome"
"Telling Troy: The Narrative Functions of Troy in Roman Poetry"
Jennifer Mann
"The Moral Psychology of Sincerity in Fifth-Century Athens"
"Script and Song in Pindar and Aeschylus"

2010

"Aesopic Lives: Greek Imperial Literature and Urban Popular Culture"
"Bribery in Classical Athens"
"Civis Romana: Women and Civic Identity in Livy, Auc I"

2009

"The Roman State's Response to Local Resistance"
"Rethinking Roman Religion: Action, Practice, and Belief"
"Great Expectations: The Poetry and Poetics of Inspired Prophecy"
"Philosophy and Community in Seneca's Prose"
"Narratives of Cultural Pessimism in Horace's Odes and Epodes"

2008

"Vestigia Cladis: The Afterlife of Defeat in the Roman Historical Imagination"
"The Rhetoric of Parrhesia in Roman Greece"
"Ideology and Community in Caesar's Bellum Civile"
Eugenia Lao
"Restoring the Treasury of Mind: The Practical Knowledge of the Natural History"
"The Many-Headed Muse: Tradition and Innovation in Fourth-Century B.C. Greek Lyric Poerty"
"Plotinus on the Passions"
"Language, Thought, and Reality in Aristotle's De Interpretatione and De Anima"
Nadejda Popov-Reynolds
"Soldier Speech Acts in Greek and Roman Literature and Society"
"Rome's Own Sibyl: The Sibylline Books in the Roman Republic and Early Empire"
"Skill, Exchange and Common-Knowledge: Studies on Craftsmen and Craftsmanship in Democratic Athens"
Marie Louise von Glinski
"Likeness and Identity: The Problem of the Simile in Ovid's Metamorphoses"

2007

Jonathan Master
"The Empire Strikes Back: Roman and Other in the Histories of Tacitus"
David Teegarden
"Defending Democracy: A Study of Ancient Greek Anti-Tyranny Legislation"

2006

Angeline Chiu
"Calendar Girls: Women, Genre, and Roman Identity in Ovid's Fasti"
Sarah Ferrario
"Towards the 'Great Man': Individuals and Groups as Agents of Historical Change in Classical Greece"
John Fisher
"Reinventing Epic: Traditional Poetry and the Annales of Quintus Ennius"
Nathan Powers
"Divine Providence: Origins, Context, and Significance of the Stoic Theory"
Nicholas Rynearson
"Socratic Erotic Expertise: From Socrates' Erôtikê Technê to Plato's Textual Seduction"

2005

Sean Corner
"Philos and Polites: The Symposion and the Origins of the Polis"

2004

Peter Burk
"Festival Piety and Convival Play: Theocritus' Idylls in Their Contemporary Performance Contexts"
Joshua Reynolds
"Inquiries into Signs and Sign-Inference in Greek Literature before Aristotle"
Mira Seo
"Allusive Characterization from Apolloniuis to Statius"

2003

Paolo Asso
"Myth and History in Lucan’s African Interlude: A Commentary on Bellum Civile"
Elizabeth Greene
"Propemptikon and Circumstance: The Performance Context of the Departure Speech"
Emily Mackil
"Koinon and Loinonia: Mechanisms and Structures of Political Collectivity in Classical and Hellenistic Greece"

2002

Scott Garner
"Studies in Early Greek Colometry: Traditional Techniques of Composition and Word Placement in Archaic Epic and Other Verse"
Edward Gutting
"Conjugal and Erotic Love in the Aeneid"
Andromache Karanika
"The Work of Poetry and the Poetics of Work: Women's Performances at Work in Early Greek Literature"
Christopher Lee
"Defining the Holy: Visions of the Ascetic in Late Antiquity"

2001

Kasia Allen
"Philobarbarism: A study in Greek Interchanges with the Non-Greeks in the Fourth Century BCE"
Lawrence Kim
"Supplementing Homer: Creativity and Conjecture in Ancient Homer Criticism"
Kenneth Trethewey
"The Image of Scipio Africanus, 235-201BC: A Resource for the Study of Roman Cultural Change During the Middle Republic"

1999

Ingo Gildenhard
"Litterae Togatae: Studies in the Semantics and Sociology of Roman Republican Literary Practices"
Grant Parker
"Luxury and Austerity: india in the Roman Imperial Imagination"
Erika Thorgerson
"The Vita Augustini of Possidius: The Remaking of Augustine for a Post-Augustinian World"
Katharina Volk
"Carmen Et Res: The Poetics of Latin Didactic (Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid)"

1998

Ryan Balot
"A Genealogy of 'Greed' in Classical Athens"
Juan F. Garcia
"The Poetic Language of Early Greek Choral Lyric: Origin and Development"
Sarah Harrell
"Cultural Geography of East and West: Literary Representations of Archaic Sicilian Tyranny and Cult"
Susan Lape
"Menandrian Comedy and Democracy in Early Hellenistic Athens"
Alison Orlebeke
"Aspects of Innovation in Propertius' Third Book"
Velvet Yates
"Madman, Sophist, and Imitator: Plato's Strategies for Representing the Poet"

1997

Katharine Derderian
"Leaving Words to Remember: The Homeric Lament, the Archaic Grave Epigram, and the Advent of Literacy"
Katherine Eldred
"Reading Violence in Lucan's Pharsalia"
Sara Forsdyke
"Exile in Greek political Development and Historical Imagination"
Charles Pazdernik
"A Dangerous Liberty and a Servitude Free from Care: Political ELEUTHERIA and DOULEIA in Procopius of Caesarea and Thucydides of Athens"
Paul A. Zissos
"Voyage and Progress: Studies in the Argonautica of Valerius Flaccus"

1996

Mark Becker
"Greek culture and the Ideology of Roman Empire in Cicero's Verrine Orations"
Randall Ganiban
"Nefas, Desire and Spectacle in Statius' Thebaid"
Benjamin King
"Wisdom and Happiness in Herodotus' Histories"

1995

William Kerr
"A Chronological Study of the Marcomannic Wars of Marcus Aurelius"
Elizabeth Key-Fowden
"Sergius of Rusafa: Sacred Defense in Late Antique Syria-Mesopotamia"
Noel E. Lenski
"Valens and the Fourth Century Empire"
John A. Palmer, III
"Aspects of Plato's Reception of Parmenides"
Gonda Van Steen
"Aristophanes in Modern Greece: From Textual Reception to Performance Dialectics"

1994

André P.M.H. Lardinois
"Wisdom in Context: The Use of Gnomic Statements in Archaic Greek Poetry"
Kathleen McCarthy
"Masterful Inventions: The Art of Authority in Plautine Comedy"
Daniel Mendelshon
"Altered States: Gender and the Theater of Civic Identity in Euripides' Political Plays"
Nancy Worman
"The Persuasion of Style: Helen and Odysseus in Court and Theater"

1993

Tad Brennan
"Ethics and Epistemology in Empiricus"
Jane Chaplin
"Livy's Use of Exempla and the lessons of the Past"
Kerry Christensen
"Athens and the Conquest of Salamis: Crisis, Competition and innovation in the Saronic Gulf"
Ronald Cluett
"The Posthumous Reputation of Pompey the Great"
Hilary Mackie
"Talking Trojan: The Theme of inconclusive Conflict in the Iliad"

1992

Craige Champion
"The Indirect Historian: The Depiction of Group Character in Polybius' Histories 1-6"
Lisa Maurizio
"Delphic Narratives: Reconstextulizing the Pythia and her Prephesies"
Pavlos Sfyroeras
"The Feast of Poetry; Sacrifice, Foundation and Performance in Aristophanic Comedy"

1991

Andrew Keller
"Comic Wisdom: Aristophanes and Plato"
Jeffrey Purinton
"Epicurus' Libertarian Atomism"
David Rosenbloom
"The Tragedy of Power: Myth, Memory, and Hegemony in the Theater of Aischylos"
Ralph Smith
"Language Behavior in Old and New Comedy: Some Applications of Discourse Analysis to a Study of Aristophanes' Clouds and Menander's Dyscolos"
W. Duncan Stalker
"The Role of the Etruscans in Virgil's Aeneid"
Stephen Wheeler
"Repetition, Continuity and Closure in Ovid's Metamorphoses"

1990

Kathryn Argetsinger
"Dies Natales: Self, patron, and City in Roman Religion"