Classics Senior Integrated Projects

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This collection includes Senior Integrated Projects (SIPs, formerly known as Senior Individualized Projects) completed in the Classics Department. Abstracts are generally available to the public, but PDF files are available only to current Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff. If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email us at to request access to this material.


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    The Monstrous Woman; An Examination of Classical Mythology and Patriarchy
    (2021-06-01) Hoehle, Samantha; Manwell, Elizabeth, 1968-
    This paper examines mythology's power to define behaviors, values, and people that are immoral, sexually indeterminate, or illegible through the creation and destruction of monsters. In particular, this paper demonstrates a plethora of ways in which women and queered bodies were othered. Using Ancient Greek and Roman sources, I examine the ways in which sexed differences were emphasized and dramatized by the patriarchal systems in power through laws, treatises, and myths in order to create the strict binary of man and woman. Using Pandora, I highlight how woman originates in the Greek cosmogony as an immediate evil to be controlled. History and myth went hand in hand to justify the social hierarchy, and those who stepped out of their designated bounds were to be feared and ostracized. Looking at Medusa, the Sphinx, the Amazons, and other feminine monsters, I examine how Greek men were able to simultaneously highlight and assuage their anxieties regarding the power of an unbound woman. Finally, I look into myths portraying queered identities, such as the stories of Tiresias, Iphis and Ianthe, and Caenis, examining their unique implications within Greek society.
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    The Dynamics of Ceramic : An Analysis and Catalog of Marked Brick and Tile Recovered by the Gabii Project from the Gabii Archeological Site in 2022
    (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2023-03-01) Szakas, Clara; Evans, J. Marilyn
    This work examines the information that can be gained about the town of Gabii through analysis of a portion of the Gabii Project’s archeological findings in 2022. The history and social position of the town of Gabi is initially laid out, beginning with the foundation of the city, how it was perceived in Roman culture, and its current status as an archeological site under the administration of the Gabii Project. The focus then narrows to a single section of the site, Area J. In order to shed light on this recently excavated area, the work of the 2022 dig season is described, and artifacts from this space are presented. Ceramic bricks and tiles from Area J with signs of direct human or animal contact were cataloged and analyzed to provide a deeper understanding of the environment and historical context of Gabii. The selection of cataloged items was found to provide further information about the source of building material used in later Gabine structures, as well as indicating a range of time when new materials were still being brought into the city.
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    Power, Purity, & Precarity : The Social Position of Ancient Priestesses
    (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2023-03-01) Williams, Katelyn E.; Manwell, Elizabeth, 1968-
    This Senior Integrated Project (SIP) analyzes the powerful and precarious social positions of the Vestal Virgins of Rome and the Oracle of Delphi in Greece in relation to ordinary ancient women’s religious position, represented by the Cult of Artemis at Brauron. While modern scholarship focuses on identifying the social categorization of the priestesses in their respective social contexts, there is a lack of literature using a cross-cultural analysis to identify their social positions. By examining the similarities and differences in the position of the Vestal Virgins, the Oracle of Delphi, and the Cult of Artemis at Brauron, this paper rejects the strict categorization of the priestesses and explores a different way of thinking about their role-- as one that consistently crosses different social boundaries.
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    Plutarch’s Life of Camillus : An Intermediate Greek Reader
    (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2023-03-01) Hanson, Garrett; Manwell, Elizabeth, 1968-
    The text of this commentary was derived from the Greek text available on the Perseus-Tufts database. In addition to this, I consulted the Dickinson College Commentaries List of Core Ancient Greek Vocabulary, in order to incentivize students to learn the fundamental vocabulary words. I have included some of these words with strange principle parts in the vocabulary lists, and have made notes to create clarity. I have consulted Liddell-Scott-Jones Greek-English Lexicon for deriving the meaning of vocabulary words, especially when the meanings of those words are specialized. Finally, I have extensively referenced Greek Grammar by Herbert Weir Smyth and A School Grammar of Attic Greek by Thomas Dwight Goodell for making clear some of the trickier syntax and grammar found across the text. All of these resources can be accessed online, either by visiting Perseus-Tufts or the Dickinson College Commentaries website, or by independent online sources. I am including glossary entries for common verbs if they have strange principal parts, and I am including principal parts where I think they are necessary for clarity. For compound verbs, I will supply the necessary principal part. Some words on the core vocab list are also glossed, especially if those words are in a rare form. Otherwise, the first principal part or first three will be listed. Overall, this text is suited for an intermediate Greek student with a solid knowledge of grammar and syntax basics, with the hope that the commentary and text will build upon existing fundamentals and facilitate the development of a greater reading proficiency of Ancient Greek. In addition, this text can be used by more advanced students as a reference for Plutarch’s Life of Camillus .
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    The Reconstruction of the Ancient Theater of Philippopolis
    (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College, 2021-06-01) Moran, Maximillian; Evans, J. Marilyn
    The reconstruction of the Theater of Philippopolis was created to further the academic study of Roman provincial architecture, specifically theaters, using 3D modeling and augmented reality technologies. Data for the model was obtained from a combination of archaeological surveys, epigraphic evidence, and Google-sourced images and was compiled into an original 3D model. The 3D model of the Theater of Philippopolis was created in the SketchUp Pro software released by Trimble Inc. The completed model shows what the Theater of Philippopolis would have looked like between 100 and 400 CE. The model serves as an example of the ability to create archaeological and historical models for a variety of uses including education, disability outreach, preservation, and conservation.
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