Students apply what they learn about Classics at Connecticut College in papers as part of their courses (the best essays are sometimes worth consideration for publication) and in honors theses under the direction of a Classics faculty member. Some recent honors theses have been on the topics such as:
- rape culture in Ancient Rome
- conceptions of humanity in Ovid's Metamorphoses
Connecticut College professors are active scholars whose publications and public lectures reflect their varied intellectual interests.
- Professor Darryl Phillips researches Rome in the late 1st century B.C. His interests are interdisciplinary, exploring the history, literature, laws and material culture of this pivotal period that saw dramatic changes in Roman government and great accomplishments in literature and the arts. He has published articles on aspects of Roman history and culture and the topography of ancient Rome. He is currently preparing a commentary on Suetonius’ "Life of Augustus" as well as a paper examining the challenges of using biography as a source for history.
- Professor Tobias Myers focuses his research on Greek and Latin literature, especially poetry. He has written a book that analyzes the gods in Homer's "Iliad" as an internal audience for the poem, providing positive, negative, and ambivalent models of response for Homer's own audience. Current projects include papers on the pastoral poetry of Vergil, late night spell-casting in Theocritus, and the adulterers' tales in the ancient novel "The Golden Ass" by Apuleius.
- Professor Nina Papathanasopoulou is interested in the staging and performance aspect of Greek drama. Her current research examines the staging of Aristophanes' comedies and explores how the treatment of space in his early comedies draws attention to consequences of the Atheno-Peloponnesian war on the Athenians' civic and domestic life. Her next project will focus on the interpretation of Greek myths in Martha Graham's choreography and modern dance.
- Professor Ellen Lee's interdisciplinary research interests include gender and sexuality in Latin poetry, the reception of Augustan literature in the late antique and medieval periods, and cognitive approaches to ancient thought. In her dissertation, utilizing frameworks from the studies of social, poetic, and cognitive memory, she researched how the Roman poet Ovid memorialized love – and his own love poetry. Her current project explores the intersection of poetic memory, sexuality, and late antique mnemonic techniques in the late antique poet Ausonius’s reception of Vergil in his Cento Nuptialis, a poem literally patchworked together from lines of Vergil's works.