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Report from the Theta Lambda Chapter at Hamilton College, 2014-15

Parilia-2015-Union-e1440512229900-150x150The Theta Lambda chapter of Eta Sigma Phi inducted eight new members in the fall of 2014, and we installed a set of new officers. Since four of our members studied abroad in Italy and London in the spring semester, we had double officers for two of the offices, shared by those who went abroad and those who were on campus. Together with Hamilton’s Classics Club we planned an array of activities for classics lovers in our community. Our main fall gathering was a Greek and Lebanese dinner at Prof. Jesse Weiner’s house, a gathering that was well attended and enjoyed by everyone. We also had a casual movie night with pizza (open to the campus).
Many of our members and majors attended the annual Parilia conference (an undergraduate research conference for students at Colgate, Union, Skidmore and Hamilton, held near Rome’s birthday in late April); this year the conference was hosted by Union College at a lovely Adirondack retreat. Union did a wonderful job hosting, and we were treated to an excellent lunch and banquet. Eta Sigma Phi was well represented at the conference this year, with three of our officers and members giving well-researched and thought-provoking papers: Jack Boyle: “The Origin of Famine: Amartya Sen and Ancient Rome”; Mackenzie Leavenworth, “Miklós Rózsa and the Rise and Fall of the Roman Epic Film”; Emma Zanazzi, “Was Plato in a Frat? The Ancient Greek Symposium and Modern Fraternity Culture.” In addition these three students and our other seniors presented their senior seminar work at a gathering to which the whole campus was invited. Additional papers were: Isabel Dau, “From Potato-Sellers to Prostitutes: Evidence of Working Women in Classical Athens”; Emily Moore, “Wives and Barbarians: Examining Depictions of Women in the Wake of the Periclean Citizenship Marriage Law”; Adrian Ophals: “Adrian Ophals: “Close Quarters: Analyzing Gender Relations in the Classical Athenian House.” The discussions after these papers were lively, and the students did a fine job of presenting the material.
We attempted a trip to the Metropolitan Museum in the spring, but everyone was too busy in April for a long bus trip back and forth. We’ll try again in Fall of 2015!
We would like to thank our officers from the 2012-2013 academic year:
Prytanis: Mackenzie Leavenworth
Hyparchos: Vennesa Asare (Fall), Emma Zanazzi (Spring)
Grammateus: Ianna Recco (Fall), Kim Olsen (Spring)
Chrysophylax: Isabel Dau
Pyloros: Emily Moore
Advisor: Professor Barbara Gold

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