Published March 16, 2015

Presenting papers

Morris, Vanderpool to read their works in classics at major conferences
Two Monmouth College classics students have been chosen to present papers at major conferences.
 
Tim Morris, a senior from Olive Branch, Miss., will read “Mutantia Arma Virumque Cano: The Weapons and Tactics of Vergil and Homer,” at the 111th meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) in Boulder, Colo., later this month.
 
Morris, who serves as president of Eta Sigma Phi, the national classics honor society, acknowledges that Vergil was heavily inspired by the earlier epic poet, Homer.
 
“This inspiration is evident in much of his language, his style and his multiple references to Homer’s epics throughout the body of ‘The Aeneid,’” writes Morris. “However, in one area – the fighting style of Trojans – Vergil strays from the Homeric example. This difference is most notable in the protagonist, Aeneas.”
 
Emma Vanderpool, a sophomore from Frankfort, will read “’Passer’: From Small Bird to Big Love,” at the national Eta Sigma Phi convention in Atlantic City, N.J., in April.
  
Vanderpool, who also has received a $1,000 Manson Stewart Undergraduate Award from CAMWS, will delve into the “lengthy literary tradition” that the sparrow has in both Greek and Roman culture.
 
“This small bird is possibly best known through the poetry of Catullus, who immortalized it as the pet of his beloved Lesbia,” she wrote in her abstract. “I would like to examine how the ancients’ understanding of the salacious behavior of the sparrow developed into the use of the word ‘passer’ as an expression of romantic feelings.”
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