Master of Arts in Classics Program

Faculty of Humanities

Master of Arts in Classics Program

Current Graduate Students

Current graduate students, their research interests, and major research paper and thesis topics:

Itay Avitzur
Naval and military history; maritime archaeology; piracy; Greek literature and political history

Stephanie Baker
The Iliad; psychology of ancient Greek soldiers; Greek literature; Greek political structures

Emma Fotino
Greek and Roman social history and gender studies; classical litterature
MRP: "Authority of the Female Master in the Ancient Greek Oikos"

Molly McMeekin
Classical Greek architecture, domestic and social life
MRP: The Topography of Shopping in the Classical Athenian Agora 

Jon Snyder

Minoan architecture; burial practices and hero cults
MRP: Hero cults, cults of the dead, and associated feasting practices 

Katelyn Spadoni
Mental illness and disability in the ancient world; Roman social history; Roman archaeology; temple architecture; Roman concrete


Overseas Projects

Current and former students have been or presently are involved in faculty research projects overseas in:

  • Larnaca, Cyprus
  • Gournia, Crete
  • Kastro Kallithea, Greece
  • Nemea, Greece
  • Bodrum, Turkey
  • Burgaz, Turkey

In addition, students have worked as research assistants on projects concerning gender, slavery, and Greek prostitution (manuscript preparation), and have been involved in managing databases and digital scanning of archives related to the Promontory Palace at Caesarea, Israel project.


Thesis and Major Research Paper Topics

The following are the topics of current and completed theses and major research papers (supervisor in brackets):

•    Motifs in Minoan wall painting (Smith)
•    Velleius Paterculus’ portrayal of Tiberius (Carter)
•    Speech acts in the Homeric Hymns (Nickel)
•    Mycenaean children’s burials (Smith)
•    The portraiture of Alexander the Great (Parker)
•    Animal similes in the Iliad and Odyssey (Nickel)
•    Spatial patterns in the Vatican necropolis (Burrell)
•    Archaeological ethics and the preservation of
      Cypriote antiquities (Greene)
•    The Attalids’ monumental building program (Greene)
•    Roman erotic tokens: their iconography and
      function (Glazebrook)
•    Gender and healing in the Hippocratic Corpus
•    Propertius and Augustan identity (Merriam)
•    Early Christian attitudes toward the family
•    Vision and perception in Euripides' Hecuba (Greene)
•    Mycenaean hunting iconography (Smith)
•    Ancient Greek education and Xenophon (Glazebrook)
•    The myth of Procne, Tereus, and Philomela and the
      'other' in Greek tragedy (Greene)
•    Attitudes to Animals in Plutarch (Carter)
•    Burial evidence for Romanization in Britannia
•    Minoan foundation deposits during the Neopalatial
      period (Smith)
•    Rape narratives in Ovid's Fasti (Dolansky)



What have some of our recent graduates been doing since they completed their degrees?
  • PhD programs at SUNY Buffalo, University of Chicago, University of Cincinnati, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, York University
  • Fellowships at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens
  • Master's program in conservation at the Getty Institute in Los Angeles -- now working as a conservator at the Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Bachelor's of Education program at Brock University
  • Cultural resource management and contract archaeology in Ontario
  • Instructional Development Assistant for the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation at Brock University
  • Archival work for the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Archaeological illustration work for classical archaeologists and social historians working in Cyprus, Greece, and Turkey
  • Employment at the Ministry of Education in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Market research manager at Intuit
  • Teaching at a community college in Ohio
  • Law clerk