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Consent and Violence: Reconstructing Rape Culture in Ancient Rome
By: Molly Ashmore '15
Faculty Adviser: Darryl Phillips

The Nature of Change in Ovid's "Metamorphoses"
By: Ariela Katz '15
Faculty Adviser: Tobias Myers

Failure at Fidenae: An Analysis of the Largest Structural Disaster in the Roman World
By: Becca Napolitano '15
Faculty Adviser: Darryl Phillips

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Becca Napolitano Becca Napolitano

Physics, classics


Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: I love both physics and Latin and knew that I could never narrow my interests to only one. So I looked into how different schools offered double majors and their flexibility. I also love the stone walls, the water and the warm New England feel.


Q: What motivated you to become a classics major?
A: Classics was a marriage between my love of math and literature. The Latin language is formulaic on a microscopic level, with different cases and tenses of verbs; however, on a macroscopic level, you can see the intrinsic beauty formed not only by the content of what you are reading, but by the actual words on the page. Classics has let me see liberal arts education for what it truly is — interdisciplinary.


Q: Who's your favorite Greek or Latin author?
A: This is a tie for me. Lucretius, on the one hand, mixes my love for both physics and Latin. In De Rerum Natura, he sets to the rhythm and music of a hexameter the contents of an atomic physics book. On the other hand, Ovid's sassy nature and sarcastic tone lend themselves to lighter reading which still thousands of years later can make you fall out of your seat laughing.

Selected courses


  • Elementary Greek and Latin
  • Classical Mythology
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Ancient Comedy
  • Ancient Historiography
  • Dionysus: Culture and the Irrational
  • Greek Civilization
  • The Roman World
  • Augustan Poetry
  • Violence in Classics and Modern Film
  • Sexuality and Eros in Classical Antiquity
  • Women in Antiquity
  • Propaganda and Truth in the Age of Augustus

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Student research


Consent and Violence: Reconstructing Rape Culture in Ancient Rome
By: Molly Ashmore '15
Advising Faculty: Darryl Phillips

The Nature of Change in Ovid's "Metamorphoses"
By: Ariela Katz '15
Advising Faculty: Tobias Myers

Failure at Fidenae: An Analysis of the Largest Structural Disaster in the Roman World
By: Becca Napolitano '15
Advising Faculty: Darryl Phillips

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