The Department of Classical Studies, is one of the academic units of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Classics is one of the founding departments in the University of Missouri. Its primary mission is the teaching of the languages, literature, history, and philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome. But its disciplinary range touches virtually all major aspects of early civilization in the Mediterranean's sphere of influence, from the ancient Near East to North Africa, Spain, Gaul, and even Britain. Little happened in these places that does not have some important impact on our world today; understanding those historical conditions and their implications for us today is the goal of Classical Studies.

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  • Queen of the Curse: The Odyssey's Formulaic Interrogation and Arete's Determination of Odysseus' Identity 

    Arft, Justin Tyler (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    This dissertation establishes the compositional authority of Arete, queen of the Phaeacians, in Homer's Odyssey by means of an oral poetic analysis of the thematic and formulaic structures in the epic. Arete's fit in the ...
  • Remembering Trajan in Fourth-Century Rome: Memory and Identity in Spatial, Artistic, and Textual Narratives 

    Thienes, Eric M. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    This study examines a broad range of fourth-century evidence in art, literature, and monuments in order to examine the cultural significance of the Roman emperor Trajan. Trajan was famous in his own day in the second century ...
  • A new heroism: a study of the battle scenes in Lucan's Bellum Civile 

    Crutchfield, Matthew Dale (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    This dissertation provides an examination of how Lucan's Bellum Ciuile redefines epic heroism by focusing on the poet's use of the narrative structures that make up epic large scale battle. It argues that Lucan engages his ...
  • Homeric Constructions: The Reception of Homeric Authority 

    Smith, Andrew M. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
  • Eunuchs and sex : beyond sexual dichotomy in the Roman world 

    Rowlands, Rhiannon M. ([University of Missouri--Columbia], 2014)
    This dissertation explores Roman perceptions of eunuchs, particularly their perceived sex and gender. It covers both slave eunuchs castrated as infants or young children and the galli who are self-castrated after puberty. ...
  • Horace and his Greek originals in book I of the Odes 

    Carpenter, Marjorie (University of Missouri, 1919)
    it is the purpose of this thesis to give specific examples of Horace's indebtedness to Greek originals in the first book of Odes. The term Greek originals, as used here, includes those parts of ante-Horatian literature, ...
  • Woman in the epic 

    Carter, Lucile Armer (University of Missouri, 1916)
    Within the pale of that civilization which has grown up under the combined influence of the Christian religion as paramount and what may be called the Teutonic manners as secondary, we find the idea of Woman and her social ...
  • Restoring tradition: verbal lyricism and therapeutic song in Theocritus' pastoral Idylls 

    Kaloudis, Naomi Ruth (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2013)
    My research examines the cultural significance of Theocritus' pastoral Idylls as imitations of folk songs, a genre traditionally passed down orally. I explore how elements of folk-lyric in the pastorals invest the fictional ...
  • Alliteration in Horace 

    Rundle, Edith Leota (University of Missouri, 1914)
    Questions that this paper will attempt to answer are: Does Horace show a preference for alliteration of any particular letter or letters? If so, is this due to the fact that a proportionately large number of the words of ...
  • The mechanics of Roman religion: the functionality and aspectualization of the gods 

    Shamey, Casey (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    This dissertation examines the practical functioning of Roman religion and the nature of the Roman gods. Roman religion operated as a thaumaturgical polytheistic orthopraxy, a religion that worshipped many gods, emphasized ...
  • The use of the fable in Roman satire 

    Reid, Martha McKenzie. (University of Missouri, 1913)
    It is the purpose of this paper to collect, discuss, and as far as possible to trace to their origin the fables which are used in Latin Satire. The term Satire has been used throughout the discussion to designate those ...
  • Some word-grouping in Lucan's Pharsalia 

    Johnson, Isabell (University of Missouri, 1911)
    The first century after Christ, known as the Silver Age of Roman Literature, was marked by a brutal despotism, which stifled all independent intellectual life. Affectation and hypocrisy were the result of the embargo laid ...
  • Some examples of repetition in Terence 

    Robinson, Rodney Potter, 1890- (University of Missouri, 1911)
    The cumulation of synonyms, that is, the use within a sentence of words similar in meaning but different in form, and the securing of various sound effects by the collocation of words different in meaning but similar in ...
  • Senex in Plautus 

    Booth, Bertha Ellis (University of Missouri, 1911)
    Among the principal characters that crowd the busy stage of Plautus, none are more vital to the action than the old gentlemen. But while the women of Plautus have received lengthy treatment at the hands of Le Benoist in ...
  • Religion of Tibullus 

    Martin, Gladys, 1891-1979 (University of Missouri, 1913)
    Tibullus is generally considered a poet sincere and devout in his religion; for he is constantly invoking the presence of the divinities, vowing sacrifice to them, and dwelling upon their beneficence to mankind. It is the ...
  • Pure place constructions in Vergil's Aeneid, books I-VI 

    Koch, Edwin Oswald, b. 1880 (University of Missouri, 1911)
    The Place Constructions together with their nearest related forms constitute an exceedingly large and important part of the division known as adverbial constructions. How numerous they are may be partly realized from the ...
  • Mythology of Propertius 

    Martin, Donnis (University of Missouri, 1913)
    It is seldom that the mythology of the ancient Greeks and Romans is distinguished from their religion. This arises largely from the fact that the same supernatural beings figure in each. But mythology and religion represent ...
  • Horace's conception of friendship 

    Hall, Alta B. (Alta Bell), b. 1888 (University of Missouri, 1913)
    Friendship is the most elevating of human affections, and yet it is a relation that cannot be explained or defined. It begins and ends in feeling, and feeling is a matter of purely personal organization. It is this subjective ...
  • Horace as a nature poet 

    Criswell, Vera (University of Missouri, 1912)
    In order to be called a true poet of nature, one must possess a deep appreciation and love for the natural world, and the ability to express this feeling in beautiful and appropriate verse. The men who have attained fame ...
  • Horace's attitude toward the orientalization of Rome 

    White, Dorrance Stinchfield (University of Missouri, 1914)
    It has ever been the history of empire-development that nations face the West. Babylon, snugly esconced in the fertile Tigro-Euphrates valley, subdued its eastern neighbor, the Elamites, rose to power in wealth and court ...

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