My Brackenridge Reflection and Next Steps

As I conducted research this summer, many different ways of conducting research were introduced to me within both my own project and others. Personally, I learned various forms of art analysis, which helped me to complete evidence towards my thesis. When looking at other’s projects, I also understood more about data analytics and statistics of…

Broadening Perspectives

The Brackenridge Fellowship provides the unique experience of being able to talk with and connect with various students across many different disciplines. With this opportunity to learn from all the other Brackenridge recipients, I hope to obtain not only research tips and new ideas, but also to find ways in which an audience, who may…

Emily Wiley: Hellenistic and Roman Egyptian Non-binary Representation

MY PROJECT With this project, I aim to prove there are non-binary features and representation in the art and literature of of Hellenistic and Roman Egypt by looking at various sculpture pieces, art, and primary documents from Ancient Greek and Latin authors. Many of the art pieces will be analyzed after I help to 3D…

Frances Harrington: Bringing Together the Ancient and the Modern

Hi! My name is Frances Harrington and I am a rising junior majoring in Classics and Linguistics. I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio and I’m involved in the club rowing team and Classical Civilizations club here at Pitt. My project is “‘What is Love?’: Questions for a Modern Symposium”. Almost inevitably after naming my majors follows the…

Introducing Poetry and Ritual in Augustus’ Secular Games in 17 B.C.E.

Marked by ritual games and sacrifices, the Ludi Saeculares, the Secular Games, mark a new age within the Roman empire, one of which was famously held by Emperor Augustus in 17 B.C.E.. The emperor then commissioned the lyric poet, Horace, to create the Carmen Saeculare, which contains much information contributing to these ritual practices during the games. In…

Lessons in Research: I tried, I failed, I learned…

One of the things that I learned the most throughout my research experience has been the value of discussion. Discussing ideas and approaches with my research mentor and various other specialists in the field at various points during my research has been extremely helpful and has helped me to find the path that I am…

Finding My Own Path to Research

I first started to become involved in research in the Classics department in my first semester at Pitt. I emailed the chair of the department, Dr. Possanza, describing some of the topics that I was interested in and asked if there were any professors in the Classics department that he thought would be worth reaching…