On Thursday December 1st, the Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art celebrated the end-of-the fall semester with a festive gathering featuring graduate student presentations and a reception. Four students representing the Graduate Group triumvirate of disciplines shared snippets of their ongoing research with the Bryn Mawr College community.
The festivities began at 4:30pm in Thomas 224 with a talk by Andrew Tharlar (Archaeology, Ph.D. candidate) titled “The Terracotta Altars of Morgantina, Sicily,” a presentation of the methodological challenges to deciphering the materiality of domestic religion in Hellenistic Sicily. Next to follow was Nickie Colosimo (Archaeology, Ph.D. candidate) with her talk “Flexibility and Limitations in Ancient Greek Dedications.” Her talk underscored modern (mis)interpretations of ancient Greek religious dedications that seek to place votive objects into falsely gendered categories. Luca d’Anselmi (Classics, Ph.D. candidate) then presented a portion of his ongoing linguistic research with “Cognitive Linguistics and Graphic Word Order in Latin Literature.” His presentation was a glimpse into his wider, ongoing work into the subtleties of Latin word order and its implications for a cognitive construction of meaning. Wrapping up the presentation series was Justinne Lake-Jedzinak (History of Art, Ph.D. candidate) with her insightful study titled “Portraits of Early Christian Female Martyrs in Counter-Reformation Italy,” an investigation into Early Christian representations of women as saints painted by women artists centered in Naples.
The evening concluded at 5:45pm with a Graduate Group reception in the London Room featuring a light dinner and jovial beverages.