Final Post!

Well the end of the summer is officially here, and with it the end of my research. If you’re interested in my final product, please take a look at my article attached! However, if there is one thing I have learned during this summer, it is that research is a living and breathing entity. While I have finally compiled all of my summer’s work into one single paper, I have no doubt that I will continue to work on my original hypothesis that the Laudatio Turiae acts as a bridge between the archaic customs of the Roman Republic and the burgeoning culture of the Roman Empire; it illuminates the changes the Romans were undergoing by highlighting the evolutions of the Latin language and marital customs. I intend to search further into the legal world of wills and the structure of Roman marriages among other topics that my research has carried me towards. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience both in terms of the research I was able to accomplish and the knowledge I gained about the article writing process!    LT Essay Draft 2

…And We’re Still Writing…

As you may have surmised from the title of this post, I am still working on my final paper. With a solid first draft, I am currently editing and formatting my introduction and conclusion, as well as fleshing out my footnotes. These footnotes are quickly becoming a labor of love, full of effort but surprisingly fascinating to craft. As the summer begins to draw to a close, my work begins to draw to a close as well, but I am finding that there is always further research that can be done. Every question or hypothesis verified leads to another vein of history or Classics as yet unknown to me. Many of these veins are turning out to be related to my research and so I am attempting to learn where to draw the line on how far I can take these tangents. It seems that finding and sticking to a focus is more difficult than expected. However, I am confident that as I create the second draft of the compilation of my research I shall be able to produce a focused and comprehensive paper.

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And the Writing Begins…

Having finally compiled my research, I set off on the last leg of my summer project: actually writing my paper. By far the least anticipated section of my summer research (which was not exactly unexpected seeing as I started my summer with a trip to Italy), my paper writing has nonetheless produced some interesting results – beyond seven pages complete with 35 footnotes. Forcing myself to create an outline, I first worked to synthesize the research that I had compiled. When working on a paper, I generally have a prompt to focus on, given by a professor, with very specific guidelines and expectations. This time around, I was tasked with creating my own guidelines and working off my own prompt. To be honest, it was a strange mix of terror and liberation, knowing that I was making my own parameters.

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In Which I Regret Not Knowing German

For those of you not familiar with the Classics community or who have never taken an upper-level Latin course, allow me to explain one unhappy truth for English-speaking students of Latin: in Classical philology, the Germans reign supreme. Philology, translated loosely from Greek as “the love of learning/reason,” has come to mean the study of a language’s grammar, history and literary tradition, and thus Classical philology deals with the historical and literary tradition of Ancient Greek, Classical Latin, and occasionally Sanskrit. Apparently the 19th century Germans loved this particular vein of learning so much that they made Classical philology a tenet of any complete German higher education. So if a modern-day student is, hypothetically, researching the transition of the Latin language between two different eras as it appears in a particular inscription, a simple search through the Swem article database will yield more than a few results beginning with “Handbuch der Lateinischen…” or “Ausfuhrliche Grammatik der lateinischen…”

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Researching in Italy, the Terme di Diocleziano, and the Laudatio Turiae in person


Almost a full month since my return from Italy, I am finally settling in to begin the second phase of my research. To remind anyone reading, my summer research focuses on a laudatio funebris commonly known as the Laudatio Turiae, looking at both the importance that it represents as transitional document and the importance of the information on gender roles in the beginning of the Roman Empire that it carries. During the second part of my project, I will focus my efforts on the epigraphy of the inscription, especially the language itself. The third stage of my research will deal with the content of the document, particularly its representation of Augustan womanhood.

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