Undergraduate Classics Conference

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15th Annual Undergraduate Classics Conference
Miami University
March 11-12, 2015

  • Miami University Associated Student Government (ASG)
  • Miami University Humanities Center
  • Miami University Classics Department
  • Miami University Classics Club

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Deborah Lyons


  • Spencer Aitken
  • Mark Kizer
  • Katie Lloyd
  • Cat Looby
  • Kate Melberg
  • Caroline Sausser
  • Mackenzie Solomon
  • Gloria Tippmann


5:00pm  - Registration

5:30pm - Dinner

7:30pm - Keynote: “Sexualized Violence: The Eurymedon Vase in Context,” Dr. Kirk Ormand, Oberlin College

Kirk Ormand has his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has taught at Oberlin College since 2001. His recent publications include Controlling Desires: Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome (Praeger 2008) and The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women and Archaic Greece (Cambridge 2014). He is the editor of the Companion to Sophocles (Wiley-Blackwell 2012) and (with Ruby Blondell) of Ancient Sex: New Essays (Ohio State 2015).


9:00am-9:15am - Coffee
9:30am-11:00am - Panel 1: Sexuality and Gender
Moderator: Katie Lloyd

  • “Sexuality in Terence’s Phormio” - Mackenzie Solomon, Miami University
  • “Girls, Girls, Girls: The Prostitute in Roman New Comedy and in the Pro Caelio” - Nicholas Jannazo, Xavier University
  • “Augustan Marriage Reforms and their effect on Social Ideals" - Mark Kizer, Miami University
  • “The Marital Chase in Elegiac Poetry” - Spencer Aitken, Miami University

11:00am-11:15am - Coffee Break

11:15am-12:30pm - Panel 2: Reception and the Rewriting of the Past
Moderator: Kate Melberg

  • “Homeric Narrative in Herodotus” - Kelly Bilz, Ohio University
  • “Lamentation in Anna Komnene’s Alexiad” - Eva Mooney, University of Michigan
  • “Write Down Thy Mind: Reception of Ovid's Philomela in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus” - Cat Looby, Miami University
  • “I Know Why the Caged Queen Weaves” - Eleni Vidalis, Miami University

12:30pm-1:30pm - Lunch break
1:30pm-2:45pm - Panel 3: Classical Miscellany
Moderator: Mackenzie Solomon

  • “On Alleged Natures: Soul Solubility in Platonic and Epicurean Thought” - Kelsey Kirkpatrick, Miami University
  • “Personification of Democracy: Re-identification of a Sculpture” - Kate Melberg, Miami University
  • “The Failed Politician? A Reassessment of the Career of Gaius Marius" - Tyson Paskett, University of Utah

2:45pm-3:00pm – Coffee break
3:00pm-4:00pm - Performance: Exercpts from Aristophanes’ Lysistrata
Moderator: Spencer Aitken
Performers: Emily Densmore, Megan Krausm and Lindsey Tilles - Roanoke College