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College of Arts and Sciences

Classical Studies

Current Students

Our students come from all sections of the country and a variety of college backgrounds including both large universities similar to ours, and small liberal arts colleges. Because of the relatively small size of our program, we are able to mentor all aspects of our students' preparation for careers in scholarship and teaching. Each year several students present papers at the Annual Meetings of CAMWS and the APA; the department offers some travel allowance to offset the cost and other funds are available competitively through the Graduate School. We are committed to the idea that all classics teachers should enjoy a first hand experience of Greek and/or Roman sites, and we encourage their participation in the Summer Sessions of the American Academy, American School of Classical Studies or appropriate field archaeology programs. Funds for the partial support of summer study abroad are available on a competitive basis from the Norman T. Pratt Travelling Fellowship Fund, but many of our students have also been awarded fellowships from CAMWS or from the summer programs themselves.

Contact: 651 Ballantine Hall, 812-855-6561 unless otherwise noted

Mitch Arceneaux
jmarcene@indiana.edu

Academic Interests: Greek and Latin epic, esp. Vergil and Homer; Archaeology; Ancient Music

Education:

B.A. 2014, Latin, Louisiana State University

Eric Beckman
ecbeckma@indiana.edu

Academic Interests: Greek and Roman Archaeology/Material Culture, the Antiquities Trade

Education:

B.A. 2010, Classical Civilizations and Greek, DePauw University

Laura Brant
lbrant@indiana.edu

Academic Interests: Mythology/Folklore, Augustan Age Latin Poetry, Egyptian/Cuneiform languages, Ancient Novel

Education:

B.A. Miami University, Ohio
M.A. Greek, Indiana University

Courses Taught:

C209 (Medical Terminology); Latin 100; Latin 200; Latin 250;
Assisted in C102 (Roman Culture)

Awards:

2011 - Norman T. Pratt Traveling Fellowship, Indiana University Department of Classical Studies

Papers Presented:

  • "The Impact of Social Class on Narration in Apuleius' Metamorphoses." CAMWS 109th Annual Meeting (2013), Iowa City, IA.
  • "Mars and Venus and Banqueting Couples." CAMWS 108th Annual Meeting (2012), Baton Rouge, LA.

Alan Fleming
fleminac@indiana.edu
Academic Interests: Seneca, Ancient philosophy, Ancient science

Education:

B.A. 2006, Greek and Philosophy, Grand Valley State University
M.A. Indiana University

Awards:

Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship, 2012-2013, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Papers Presented

  • "Translating Travel: A Persistent Analogy," CAMWS 109th Annual Meeting, Iowa City, 2013
  • "The Perversion of Nature in the Slavery of Seneca's 47th Letter," CAMWS 106th Annual Meeting, Oklahoma City, 2010

Justin Germain
jmgermai@indiana.edu

Academic Interests: Greek Military History, Spartan Society, Early Christianity

Kyle Grothoff
kgrothof@indiana.edu | Curriculum Vitae
Academic Interests: Ancient astronomy; comparative epic; satire, didactic poetry; Indo-European poetics

Education:

B.A. 2009, Classical Studies, Missouri State University, cum laude
M.A. 2011, Classical Studies, Indiana University

Awards:

2012 - College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Travel Award, Indiana University
2010 and 2011 - Louise McNutt Summer Fellowship, College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University

Courses Taught

  • Intensive Study of Literary Latin
  • Intensive Introduction to Classical and Medieval Latin
  • Beginning Latin
  • Medical Terms from Greek and Latin
  • Roman Civilization (Teaching Assistant)
  • Classical Mythology (Teaching Assistant)

Papers Presented

  • "Cato's One-Man Show: Book 9 of Lucan's Pharsalia as a commentary on Senecan Didactics." CAMWS 109th Annual Meeting (2013), Iowa City, IA
  • "The Language of Benefaction in the Writings of Libanius." CAMWS 108th Annual Meeting (2012), Baton Rouge, LA; also presented at Vagantes Medieval Graduate Student Conference, Bloomington, IN 2012

Sidney Kochman
skochman@indiana.edu

Academic Interests: Women in Athenian Legal and Social History, Old Comedy

Education:

B.A. 2013, Classics - Greek and Latin, Ohio Wesleyan University

Aleda Krill
akrill@indiana.edu
Academic Interests: Greek and Roman religion and mythology, Lucretius, Science in the ancient world

Education:

B.S. 2003, Marine Biology, UCLA
Certificate in Classics 2010, UC Davis
M.A. 2012, Classics, 2012, Indiana University

Sean Miranda
semirand@indiana.edu
Academic Interests: Late antiquity, Latin literature, Comedy

Education:

B.A. 2012, Classical Humanities, Wright State University

Lindsey Pappas
lapappas@indiana.edu
Academic Interests: Latin Poetry, Latin pedagogy, Sisters in Antiquity

Education:

B.A. 2010, Classics, University of Notre Dame

Tom Pappas
topappas@indiana.edu
Academic Interests: Greek linguistics, Homer, and Greek military history

Education:

B.A. 2010, University of Notre Dame
M.A. 2010, Indiana University

Martin Shedd
mpshedd@indiana.edu
Academic Interests: Late Imperial Historiography, Early Christian Literature, Biography

Education:

B.A. 2011, Classics, St. Olaf College
M.A. 2013, Indiana University

Mariah Smith
smitmari@indiana.edu
Academic Interests: Pliny the Younger and Martial, Roman literary experiences, Qualitative experiences of space and time, Roman Religion (esp. domestic/private), Roman private life, Folklore

Education:

B.A. 2006, Willamette University
M.A. 2009, University of Kansas

Papers Presented

  • "Constructing Roman Identity through the Liminality of the Lares," CAMWS 109th Annual Meeting, 2013
  • "Secrecy and Silence: Revealing the Character of the Roman Lares," CAMWS 106th Annual Meeting, 2010
  • "By the Light of the Moon: Medea and Agrarian Magic in Ovid's Metamorphoses," CAMWS 105th Annual Meeting, 2009
  • "Subverted Katabasis: Trespass, Strife, and Loss in Statius's Thebaid," CAMWS 104th Annual Meeting, 2008

Sean Tandy
smtandy@indiana.edu
Academic Interests: Late Antiquity, Latin poetry, early Christianity, Natural History

Education:

B.A. 2010, Classics, University of New Hampshire
M.A. 2012, Classics, Indiana University

Courses Taught

C209 Medical Terminology, Latin 150, Latin 250
Assisted in C101 (Greek Culture), C205 (Myth)

Erin Taylor
meletayl@indiana.edu
Academic Interests: Silver Age Latin, Classical Art and Archaeology, Gender studies

Education:

B.A. 2003, Classics, Earlham College
M.A. 2005, Latin, Indiana University

Courses Taught

L100: Introductory Latin I, L103: Accelerated Introductory Latin, L200: Second-year Latin I, C209: Medical Terminology
Assisted in C102: Roman Culture, C205: Mythology

Amy Yarnell
amyarnel@indiana.edu
Academic Interests: Tacitus, Ancient Ethnography, Second Sophistic, Archaeology

Education:

B.A. 2005, Classics and Anthropology, Gettysburg College
M.A. 2010, Latin, Indiana University

Courses Taught

C209 (Medical Terminology), Latin 100-150 (first year Latin), Latin 200 (Caesar), Latin 250 (Virgil)
Assisted in C101 (Greek Culture), C102 (Roman Culture)

Papers Presented

  • "Exaggerated Ethnography: Identity and Other in Lucian's True History" CAMWS 110th Annual Meeting, 2014.