Pillars of Propaganda Re-defined

As is often the case with research, upon actually beginning an in-depth study, I found that the information I was uncovering led me in a slightly different direction from the one I initially intended. The initial intent of my research, as presented in my abstract, was to explore the role of propaganda in religious architecture during Republican Rome. As my research progressed, most of the more interesting items of propaganda were–unsurprisingly–dedicated by Republican generals. Although the temples were still interesting and I believe there would have been much there, I decided that the opportunity for more original research lay with these generals. As a result, I tweaked my research to focus on dedications made by Roman generals; specifically, on military dedications (that is, dedications they made in connection to particular military campaigns). As is usual, the best way to draw conclusions concerning specifics of what these dedications represented to the socio-political climate of Rome was to draw comparisons. Although most often people tend to compare Republican Rome to the Imperial Principate, I decided not to make a chronological comparison. Instead, I chose to compare dedications made at home to those made abroad, specifically to those made in Greece. I also chose to limit the time period to the periods between the Second Macedonian War and the Achaean War, when there is a particularly rich pool of evidence to draw from in regards to military dedications in both Rome and Greece.

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Summing it All Up

My research is finally completed. I am finished editing my 45 page paper. When writing my paper I was initially concerned with studying the experiences of the first African Americans at William and Mary. I found information about specific students mostly by using online databases of old newspapers as well as by looking at old issues of The Flat Hat. I found out that the first African American to be enrolled at the College of William and Mary was Hulon Willis in 1951 who the College admitted after much deliberation.

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Square Holes and Enigmatic High Crosses

Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10

The last week of Achill Field School went by in a flash. Besides the usual scraping back more layers of dirt and cutting further into the middle section of rocks, there were a few new interesting things for me to do on site. In one section of dark brown dirt running down the side of the middle rock section, Rory had me cut a square hole. He told me to dig until the reddish orange material appeared. Once we knew how deep to go, it was faster to scrape the rest of the dark brown strip back. Rory told us to keep our eyes out for a piece of pottery in the dark brown material because then we could plausibly match this context to another dark brown material present in another part of the site that yielded pottery. We did not, however, find anything. Something frustrating about the pottery piece found in the other dark brown section was that the pottery found came from a modern century. The modernity coupled withthe depth at which the dark brown material occurred means that the site is probably not Neolithic, thus not a tomb. There was still a lot more digging to do when the week was over for the eventual new kids, so I still hold hope!

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Back in Williamsburg

For the last two weeks I have taken a brief break from research.  Once I got back to the States, I had to unpack and then re-pack so I could move back to Williamsburg for Residence Life training.  I’m a Program Advocate so we have to have our training completed before the RAs start their training.  My co-workers and I have all been very busy in the Programming Resource Center prepping the space and helping the Head Residents and RAs make their bulletin boards and door tags. Training is winding down now, though, which means that research will be able to start to pick up again.  I’ll be sure to update you soon with anything that I find!

Why Li’s Political Poetry Doesn’t Draw Much Attention

When I started to think various reasons that have made Li a lesser known political poet, the first explanation jumped to my head was: “maybe his political works are just not great enough.” Of course many more intricate historical elements should account for the result, but this most straightforward point could not be avoided when we take a perspective of poetry itself.

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