Student Research Opportunities in Classics

Below you will find a listing of all available research opportunities in Classics. Please use the contact information listed in each posting for further information regarding the research opportunity.

Joseph DiLuzio

The Emperor's Prayerbook

The project consists of an introduction, edition, and translation of an illuminated book of Latin prayers (ca. 1516 A.D.) The manuscript was once owned by Charles V (1500-1558 A.D.), who later became Holy Roman Emperor. Current work involves writing an introduction to the text that deals with the historical and art historical context.

Recommended Pre-requisites: Latin proficient and/or background in art of the Northern Renaissance
Course Credit Offered: No
Begin Date: Immediately
Semesters Available, Fall, Spring, Full Summer
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Daniel Nodes

Collations of Fr. Petrus, a 14th century Latin manuscript

Latin paleography. Student researchers assist editor in the transcription of the Latin text, location or quoted passages form the Bible, and preparation of the edition for publication. Target completion date: December, 2018.

Recommended Pre-requisites: Advanced Latin
Course Credit Offered: No
Begin Date: April 1, 2018
Semesters Available: Fall & Full Summer
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Meghan DiLuzio

Roman Festivals

My current project is a history religious festivals in ancient Rome. During the period of the later Republic, the citizens of Rome celebrated over one hundred annual public festivals addressing a myriad of gods and nearly every aspect of life in the ancient world. With the advent of the principate and the foundation of a cult in honor of the deified emperors and their wives, the number of public festivals swelled with each new regime. In addition to festivals celebrated by the entire citizen body, moreover, Romans observed annual festivals in their neighborhoods, on their farms, and in their households. Roman life was full of festivals. Festivals and other religious rituals are socially significant events. As complex acts of communication between performers, spectators, and the gods, rituals constitute communities and help to reinforce a sense of shared identity and continuity with the pas t. They allow men and women to internalize and publicly affirm the values that are thought to hold the community together. Rituals are also emotionally loaded events. They solidify emotional bonds between members of the social group and work to neutralize tension caused by social inequality or interpersonal conflict. Rituals performed on a routine basis set the rhythm of the year and provide fixed points around which social and civic time is organized. The study of religious festivals, therefore, has the potential to enrich significantly our understanding of the Roman world and its political and social processes. Interested students will assist with various aspects of the research project, including especially the collation, comparison, and interpretation of ancient evidence for religious festivals in Rome.

Recommended Pre-requisites: NA
Course Credit Offered: No
Begin Date: Anytime
Semesters Available: Fall, Spring, Full Summer
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