Recent Dissertations


Kristofer Coffman (Religions of Antiquity PhD)

"Harrowing the Field: Towards a Postagrarian Analysis of the Gospels of Matthew and Mark."


Anthony Thomas

"Ambrose of Milan Combats the 'Crooked Interpreter': Forming Nicene Identity through Old Testament Exegesis."

Joshua Reno

"Holy Obscenity: Sexual Invective in the Pauline Corpus"


Elizabeth Torresson

"The Curious Case of Erysichthon"

Ryan Seaberg

"Lexical Blends in Greek and Latin Comedic Idiom"


Nicholas Wagner

"Haec Templa: Religion in Cicero's Orations"

Advisor: Spencer Cole


Rachael Cullick

“Maximae Furiarum: The Female Demonic in Augustan Epic”

Advisor: Christopher Nappa


Aaron Beek

“Freelance Warfare and Illegitimacy: the Historians' Portrayal of Bandits, Pirates, Mercenaries, and Politicians”

Advisor: Andrew Gallia

Anna Beek

“Always Look on the Bright Side of Death: Violence, Death, and Supernatural Transformation in Ovid's Fasti”

Advisor: Christopher Nappa

Andrew Willey

“Discovering a Higher Law: Cicero's Creation of a Roman Constitution”

Advisor: Christopher Nappa


Don Burrows

“The Art of Deception: Longus and the Ancient Novel”

Advisor: Nita Krevans

Christine Lechelt

“Allusions of Grandeur: Gigantomachy, Callimachean Poetics, and Literary Filiation”

Advisors: Nita Krevans and Christopher Nappa


Courtney Jade Friesen

“Reading Dionysus: Euripides' Bacchae among Jews and Christians in the Greco-Roman World”

Advisor: Melissa Harl Sellew

Mary Christine Marquis

“Reading Aeneas and Dido: Suggestion and Inference in Aeneid 1-4”

Advisor: Christopher Nappa


Martin Gregory Wells

“A Cosmopolitan Village: The Hellenistic Settlement at Gordion”

Advisor: Andrea M. Berlin

Michael Owen Wise

“Language and Literacy in Roman Judea: A Study of the Bar Kokhba Documents”

Advisor: George A. Sheets

Heather A. Woods

“Hunting Literary Legacies: Captatio in Roman Satire”

Advisor: Christopher Nappa


Paul Lesperance

“Symbols and Objects on the Sealings from Kedesh”

Advisor: Andrea M. Berlin