Senior Presentations 2010

Lee A. Marmor
In his thesis entitled The Evolution of the Tribunate in the Roman Republic, Lee explored the development of the tribune from its creation in 494 BCE to its transformation 133 BCE. Lee divided his survey of office into three sections: the creation of the tribune as advocate for the plebs, the stabilization of the office in the Roman government, and the reforms and aftermath of tribunal exemplar Tiberius Gracchus. He recommended starting one's thesis early and spending a lot of time on research. Lee worked with Professor Kapelle and Professor Walker.

Jack B. Bouchard
In his thesis, A Social History of Rural Attika, 479-395 BCE, Jack focused on the social and economic structures that helped sustain ancient Greece between the end of the Persian Wars and the start of the Corinthian War. Jack analyzed works of Thucydides, Herodotus, Xenophon, and Aristophanes to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of rural Attika. Specifically, he explored the roles of household, agriculture, demography, and the layout of the countryside as tools which encouraged the Athenian recovery from multiple wars. Jack expressed a love of Greeks and peasants and recommended pursuing a thesis that inspires passion. He worked with Professor Sreenivasan, Professor Kapelle, and Professor Walker.

Laurence A. Birnbaum
Aimeé explored the literary and emotional implications of the story of Dido and Aeneas in the fourth book of the Aeneid. Her thesis, entitled Parallels and Paradigms in Book IV of Vergil's Aeneid, analyzed the role of fate in the passion and tragedy of ancient love. Through translation and literary analysis, Aimeé revealed parallels between Dido, Ariadne, and Medea, as well as sensitivity to the humanity inherent in Dido's voice. She framed her poetic interpretation in the historical consequences of abandoned love. The story sets up both the enmity between the Carthaginians and the Romans and Aeneas' fate as the father of the Roman race. Aimeé loved her thesis and recommended spending as much time as possible on researching and writing. She worked with Professor Muellner and Professor Walker.

Brenda Green-Sisson
In her thesis, The Aesthetics of Ancient Greek Music, Brenda studied how the Greeks understood their music through the perspective of the philosopher. She analyzed the definition of music and its experiential qualities for the audience. Specifically, Brenda explored four sources on the morality of music: a papyrus document on ‘newer' music, students from Aristotle's school, Aristotle's Politics, and Plato's writings. She recommended going with the flow and enjoying how your thesis evolves. Brenda worked with Professor Muellner and Professor Keiler.

Zachary Margulies
In his thesis, entitled Upon the Shoulders of the Seaward Philistines: Leadership and Governance in Iron Age Philistia, Zach explored the structure of the Philistine government through textual and archaeological analysis. Focusing on the biblical sources of Samuel, Judges, and Kings, Zach studied the political interactions and motivations of the mysterious Sea Peoples of the southern Levant. Zach traced the growth and decline of the Philistine people through the lens of biblical, Assyrian, and Egyptian texts and analyzed the consequences of the Philistine presence. He loved his thesis and recommended not leaving the writing to the last minute. Zach worked with Professor Brettler and Professor Wright.

Amy Ostrander
Amy created an electronic corpus for the deciphering of Minoan Linear A. Her thesis, entitled A Tool towards the Decipherment of Minoan Linear A, produced a database called ECLAS (Electronic Corpus of Linear A Script) for the assigning and documenting of each symbol for the purpose of translation. Her goal was to create a space for the pooling of knowledge and academia, so as to further organize and aid the arduous process of cracking Linear A. She loved her thesis and suggested doing something worth being passionate about. Amy worked with Professor Muellner and Professor Urcid.

Sarah Costrell
In her thesis, Euclid and the Method of Exhaustion, Sarah examined Euclid's Elements and the existence of ‘n'. Sarah utilized Euclid to reveal the definition of exhaustion based on the area derived from rectangles. She began with the existence of a point, a line, and an angle to explore the infinitesimal qualities of ‘n'. Sarah enjoyed watching her thesis evolve and recommended spending a lot of time researching. She worked with Professor Fishman and Professor Muellner.

—Alissa Thomas '11 (graduated in December 2010)