Research Update on Portraiture of Livia

As I’ve been researching my topic throughout the summer, I keep finding more questions than answers.  This research is laying the groundwork for my honors thesis on the portraiture of Livia, the first Roman empress, so I’ll start writing in earnest once the school year starts.  Fortunately, this timeline has given me plenty of room to explore scholarly rabbit holes and to develop a strong background in my topic.  To fully ground my main argument about the divine likenesses of Livia in art and literature, I’ve found that I need to have a grasp on topics ranging from portrait production to gender roles in ancient Rome.  It can be frustrating to spend an entire day looking at sources that probably won’t make it into my final bibliography, but I know I’ll write a better thesis if I appreciate these nuanced aspects of Roman art.

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Raillery & Revolution: Continued, Post #3

Raillery & Revolution: Part III

      In the last leg of my research, I found that despite the many progressive jokes in the Bibliothèque de Campagne lambasting members of the First and Second Estates, there did exist a few, surprising witticisms which were not that radical. As it turns out, a few witticisms in the series were reactionary, as they made jokes at the expense of women. For instance, in one anecdote the writer amusingly explained the reason for which Jesus first appeared to a woman, his mother Mary, after resurrecting from the dead:

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Field Work Along the Trent River


Earlier this summer I spent several days doing field work in North Carolina. I was accompanied by my advisor, Rowan Lockwood, and a local expert on local invertebrate paleontology, Buck Ward. This was my first experience working in the field for an extended period of time or taking on a leadership position during data collection. I learned a lot very quickly, which I’ve been able to apply throughout the rest of my work this summer. [Read more…]

Megiddo Expedition – Final Post

By the end of six weeks at the Megiddo Expedition, the rhythm of dig life had fully ingrained itself in my consciousness as the best and seemingly only way to live. Waking up at 4:30 am was natural, manual labor for seven hours expected, and pottery washing and office work in the afternoons nearly enjoyable.

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