Classics Department Senior Thesis and Year end Prizes

Eleven Classics students received recognition in a special Zoom event on May 28 honoring their academic achievements. 


 Some fifty people were present to watch as Noah Simmons '20 shared the findings from his senior thesis on "The Upwind Performance of Roman Period Merchant Vessels." In his presentation, Noah explained the difference between square-rigged and lateen-rigged ships and argued that both types were capable of sailing upwind, with implications for the history of ancient trade.


Faculty, friends, and families then applauded virtually as this year's language prize winners were announced. Benjamin Zide '22 received the Class of 1846 Latin Prize, which honors a member of the sophomore class for outstanding coursework in Latin. First-year student Carson Riggs '23 Class of 1846 Prize for her achievement in Latin at the introductory level. Kevin Donohue '21 received the Atherton 1883 Prize in Greek, which honors a member of the junior class for outstanding achievement in Ancient Greek, while first-year student Jacob Parker '23 was similarly honored for excellence in Ancient Greek at the introductory level. 


The Justin Firestone '92 Memorial Prize recognizes "excellence in interpreting the Classical World through digital or multiple media." This year, the Firestone Prize was awarded to a group of nine students who collaborated over a two-year period on the digitization and analysis of a medieval manuscript housed in Rauner Special Collections Library. The students are Kevin Donohue '21, Margaret Ferris '22, Clayton Howard '21, Sarah Karnes '23, Henry Mans '23, Carson Riggs '23, Tatum Schultz '21, DeLaney Thornton '22, and Benjamin Zide '22. 



Following the presentation of their award, the students shared a video they had made describing their work on the project. The video, which runs approximately seven minutes, can be viewed here.

Congratulations to Noah and to all of our prize recipients for your achievements in Classics!