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Classics PhD

Dean Alexander BA (Hons), MA (Otago)

Ultimus Romanorum: The Rise of Cassius the Tyrannicide

Supervisors: Jon Hall and Robert Hannah (Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Waikato)

Kara Braithwaite-Westoby PgDip, BA (Otago)

Epameinondas and the Theban Hegemony

Supervisors: Pat Wheatley and Sean McConnell

Charlotte Dunn BA (Hons), MA (Otago)

The Career of Demetrius Poliorcetes

Supervisors: Pat Wheatley and Jon Hall.

Joel Gordon BMus, BA(Hons), MA (Victoria), GradDip (App Theol)

Imagining the Underworld:  Topography Versus Eschatology

Supervisors: Arlene Allan and Sean McConnell

Thomas Köentges BA, MA (Leipzig)

A Commentary on the "pre-Cena" Section of Petronius' Satyrica

Supervisors: John Garthwaite and William Dominik

Kyle Gervais BSc (Hons), MA Classics (Queen's University)

A Commentary of Statius, Thebaid 2

Supervisors: William Dominik and John Garthwaite

Maria Mackay BA, Dip Tchng, DCE, PGDipArts (English, Classics), Dip Grad (English, Classics), MA (Otago)

Klytaimestra: Gene and Gender Conflict in Greek Tragedy.

Supervisors: Arlene Allan and Brian Boyd (University of Auckland)

Cameron McPhail BA (Hons), MA (Otago)

The Continents and Panhellenism: From Homer to Herodotus.

Supervisors: Robert Hannah (Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Waikato) and Pat Wheatley

Stefan Pedersen BA (Massey), PGDipArts, MA (Otago)

Regularly Irregular Motion in Proclus’ Celestial Physics

Supervisors: Robert Hannah (Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Waikato), Peter Anstey (Department of Philosophy)

Susan Pelechek BA (Coe College), PG Dip (Otago)

Representations and Receptions of Scipio Africanus

Supervisors:William Dominik, Jon Hall, and Pat Wheatley

Alessandra Pugliese BA, MA (Università Cattolica)

The Greek World and Rome in the Late Hellenistic Period

Supervisors: Pat Wheatley and Robert Hannah (Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Waikato)

Bill Richardson BA (Hons) (UTAS)

The Origin of Philip II's Panhellenism

Supervisors: Pat Wheatley and Sean McConnell

Constance Sleeth BA (Hons) (Trent), MA (Royal Holloway, U. of London)

Euripides' Zeus, Seneca's Jupiter: The Tragic 'Father of Gods and Men'

Supervisors: Arlene Allan and William Dominik

Andrew Stopyra BA (Hons) (Otago), MPhil (Cambridge)

Diodorus Siculus on Alexander

A transalation and commentary of Diodorus Siculus Book 17 on Alexander the Great.

Supervisors: Pat Wheatley and Jon Hall

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Classics MA

John Blackler

Laughter in Plato

Supervisor: Sean McConnell

Chloe Bray

The Many Faces of the Moon: Lunar Mythology and Religion in the Ancient World

Supervisors: John Garthwaite and Robert Hannah (Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, University of Waikato)

Tyler Broom

Ventriloquism in Ciceronian Oratory

Roman oratory typically involved the presentation of an opinion from a single viewpoint–that of the orator. The orator, however, was also able to speak from the perspective of other characters through the rhetorical device of prosopopoeia (sometimes called “ventriloquism” in modern studies). This thesis examines how Cicero utilises prosopopoeia, addressing both its rhetorical theory as presented by Cicero, Quintilian, and the Rhetorica ad Herennium, and the speeches in which the technique is deployed (e.g. Pro Roscio Amerino, Pro Caelio, In Catilinam I and Pro Milone). It will also address issues of oratorical delivery, analysing how this inherently theatrical device might have been performed by Cicero in the law courts and senate house. By situating the prosopopoeiae within the context of the persuasive aims of their respective speeches, this study aims to explain the differing ways in which they function.

Supervisor: Jon Hall

Campbell Calverley

The Rhetoric of Incest in Senecan Drama and Histories of Nero

Supervisor: Gwynaeth McIntyre

Supun Ekanayake

‘Ruling “the other”: Roman provincial administration and its hegemony during the Late Republic as reflected in selected works of Cicero’

Provincial administration played a significant role in Roman expansion and imperialist propaganda. This thesis explores how Cicero’s portrayal of the provinces and provincials employs the notion of ‘the other’ and how this ideology functioned as a mechanism of control in the dissemination of Roman imperial propaganda. Furthermore, the thesis seeks to understand how alterity, while undeniably playing a key role in defining the relationship between Rome and her empire, also led to the ‘othering’ of the Romans themselves in the eyes of the provincials.

Supervisor: Jon Hall

Will Harvey

Reflections on the Enigmatic Goddess: The Origins of Hekate and the Development of her Character to the End of the Fifth Century B.C.

Supervisor: John Garthwaite

Chelsea Johnston

Beware of that Cup!: The Role of Food-tasters in Ancient Society

Supervisor: Pat Wheatley

Lila Knight

From Commodus to Constantine: The Function and Administration of the Roman Imperial Mints in the Third Century CE

Supervisor: Dan Osland

Amanda Macauley

Plutarch and the Virtues of the Roman matrona: Feminine First Person Discourse in the Parallel Lives

Supervisor:  Jon Hall

John Matthews

Doctor Ovid: Teaching what to whom in Tristia 2?

Supervisor: Jon Hall

Jacqui Moate

'Alleviating Death Anxiety in Epicureanism'

Epicurus famously claimed that “death is nothing to us” and not to be feared. The Epicureans were also hedonists, believing that pleasure was inherently good and pain inherently bad. Fears and anxieties were viewed as a form of mental pain, and were thus seen as a threat to human happiness. The eradication of the fear of death was therefore a core component of Epicurean ethical theory.

The Epicureans employed a multitude of arguments in order to demonstrate that death is not harmful, and therefore need not be feared. This thesis will map out such arguments and engage with modern scholarship on the subject. Of particular focus is the ‘Symmetry Argument’, which equates post-mortem and pre-natal non-existence. The practical consistency and psychological effectiveness of the arguments against the fear of death will also be examined.

Supervisor: Sean McConnell

Jon Rolfe

The Politics and Social Prestige of Priesthoods in the Late Republic

Supervisor: Jon Hall

Nathan Watson

From Philosophising Ass to Asinine Philosopher: Satire in Book 11 of Apuleius’ Metamorphoses

Supervisor: John Garthwaite

Matthew Watts

India and South East trade with the Greek West: an examination of cross-cultural trade relations in the 4th Century BCE

Trade between different groups is often the major (and sometimes only) contact between differing cultures. Unlike today where trade is direct and the parties are known, ancient trade appears to be distilled through many parties and often the goods that are traded are of unknown origins. This thesis will examine cross-cultural trade between the ‘Far East’ and the Greek world in the 4th Century BCE. This will attempt to hypothesise an interconnected nature of the ancient world and trace the direct and indirect contact of different cultures prior to the emergence of the Silk Road trade. Of particular importance will be the trade of spices (such as cinnamon and cassia) from India and South East Asia that ends up in the Greek world through the Ancient Mediterranean, which seemingly plays a unique role in Greek culture as well as having an economic impact. Evidence for the appearance of these goods are found in Sappho, Herodotus and Theophrastus as well as archaeological evidence. The establishment of the origins of these goods and how they arrive into the Greek world will demonstrate how connected the ancient world was and offer an explanation of cultural similarities along this hypothesised trade route.

Supervisor: Pat Wheatley

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Classics BA (Honours) 2020

Scott Bezett

Xenophon’s Spartan Fabrication: The Construction of an Ideal State in Xenophon’s Constitution of the Lacedaemonians

Supervisor: Sean McConnell

Ben Clarkson

Binding and Demons: δαίμονες in Ancient Greek κατάδεσμοι

Lydie Leurquin

To what extent did the Minoan and Mycenaean cultures influence the Late Bronze Age Aegean? A preliminary study of eastern Aegean tombs and the origins of the material culture.

Supervisor: Dan Osland

Rhys Maurer

The Tragic Rule of Lysimachus: A Thematic Study of the Exclusion of Lysimachus’ Rule in the History of the Diadochi

Supervisor: Pat Wheatley

Megan Snell

The Roman Empire and Gaul, 260–476

Supervisor: Dan Osland

Eliza Thompson

Ideological change in Athenian Funerals: A Case Study of the Lekythoi Vases in the Otago Museum

Supervisor: Dan Osland

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Classics BA (Honours) 2019

Tyler Broome

‘Moral decline in Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae and Bellum Iugurthinum

Supervisor: Gwynaeth McIntyre

Madeleine Fountain

‘Life on the Northern Frontier of Roman Britain’

Supervisor: Dan Osland

Pia Huston

‘Gender in the Underworld’

Supervisor: Arlene Allan ​

Helena Jones

‘Aristophanes’ wives and lovers’

Supervisor: Arlene Allan

Sarah MacManus

‘On the side of man: Athena as a civilizing force’

Supervisor: Gwynaeth McIntyre

Jacqui Moate

‘Homer and the Presocratics on the soul’

Supervisor: Sean McConnell

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Classics BA (Honours) 2018

Samantha Ball

‘“...the Macedonians would never tolerate being governed by a woman” (Plut. Alex. 68.4). The Macedonian royal women as successors’

Supervisor: Pat Wheatley

John Blackler

‘Deface the philosopher: a consideration of Lucian’s contribution to Cynicism’

Supervisor: Sean McConnell

Robyn Cooper

‘The archaeological evidence of Roman household religion’

Supervisor: Dan Osland

Heather Hutchings

‘Form and function in Vergil’s Georgics’

Supervisor: Sean McConnell

Charlotte Murray

‘Mistresses, priestesses, and wives: an analysis of female power in fifth century Athens’

Supervisor: Arlene Allan

Jessy Ruiter

‘The development of the Roman military shield’

Supervisor: Dan Osland

Matthew Watts

‘Silver and sand: economic policies of Ptolemy I Soter’

Supervisor: Pat Wheatley

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Classics BA (Honours) 2017

Tom Brown

Creating an Emperor:  Examining the Augustan Persona through Time and Author

Supervisor:  Gwynaeth McIntyre

Mallory Heslop

‘Dying with Artemis: Greek women’s lives, liminality, and encounters with death’

Supervisor:  Arlene Allan

Lila Knight

Perceptions of Caligula's Relationship with the Roman Army on Imperial Coinage

Supervisor:  Gwynaeth McIntyre

Tabitha Moe

Minoan Prowess

Supervisor:  Dan Osland

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Classics BA (Honours) 2016

Serena Gold

Deciphering Lost History: Arrian’s τὰ μετὰ Ἀλέξανδρον and its Historical Significance

Supervisor:  Pat Wheatley

Gene Haggie

Origins of felicitas in Sulla’s Reign

Supervisor:  Gwynaeth McIntyre

Libby Neumann

Seen but Not Heard: An Exploration of Childhood and the Role of Children in the Art and Archaeology of Campania

Supervisor:  Dan Osland

Rowan Newton

Cognitive Spectatorship in Greek Theatre and Performative Ritual

Supervisor:  Arlene Allan

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Classics BA (Honours) 2015

Campbell Calverley

A Woman Scorned:  Literary Representations of Phaedra

Supervisors:  William Dominik and Jon Hall

Katie Greene

Iambic Invective:  The Protest Music of Archaic Greece

Supervisor:  Arlene Allan

Christopher Hawtin

An innovative proof of concept webpage featuring the first one-hundred lines of Virgil's Aeneid with digital annotations

Supervisor:  Dan Osland

Ruth Tae'iloa

The Value of a Virtue:  Homeric Masculinity in Traditional Tonga

Supervisor:  Sean McConnell

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