Gabriel Dietz is a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar and student of Classical Languages at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to his regular studies, he works as a research assistant at the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri textually reconstructing and translating ancient documents from the Greek and using papyrological and prosopographical methods to take part in the continual process of adding to our knowledge of Greco-Roman Egypt through the stories of the papyri. In the summer of 2012 he had the good fortune to be selected to take part in the intensive summer program at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, where he studied archaeology and philology, with a dose of epigraphy while climbing every mountain. His main academic interests are magic and cultural exchange, religion and religious syncretism, ritual, initiatory cults, and rites of passage in the Ancient Mediterranean world. He also engages in mixed media art, bicycling, yoga, and the mixing and consumption of fine artisanal cocktails.
Rachel is double-majoring in Classical Languages and English at the University of California, Berkeley. She studied mythology in middle school and Latin in high school, the combination of which inspired her to continue her studies at the university level. She is particularly interested in studying the representations of sleep and death, or Hypnos and Thanatos, in the Ancient Mediterranean world. In her spare time she enjoys poetry from Catullus to Anne Carson, swing dancing, and visiting Ireland where most of her family resides.
Meredith is double-majoring in Classical Civilizations and Art History at the University of California, Berkeley. She spent the summer of 2011 on the western coast of Turkey, which strongly influenced her to focus her studies on the meeting of Greek and Eastern influences in ancient Anatolia. She is very invested in writings from and regarding that region. Outside of her studies, Meredith enjoys buying things she doesn’t need at flea markets, listening to cinematically overwrought soundtracks from science fiction films, and indulging in writings from 19th century British painters of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.
Anna Simas is a fourth-year Classical Languages major at UC Berkeley. After spending two full years as a Political Science major, Anna enrolled in Berkeley’s Intensive Ancient Greek Workshop and subsequently changed her major to Classical Languages. She is particularly interested in Ancient Greek drama and Homer. During the summer of 2012, she spent six weeks at the Archaeological Field School at Nemea and Mycenae, Greece. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses, listening to classic rock, and reading books from the BBC 100 list. Hector is her favorite character from the canon of Greek literature.
Anna Trejo is double majoring in Classical Languages and Art History at the University of California, Berkeley. In the summer of 2012, Anna studied German abroad at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany. Her academic interests encompass the art, culture, and political history of the Ancient Mediterranean region. She is specifically interested in the politics and representation of power and race in ancient sources. Outside of her studies Anna is on the board of the Berkeley Undergraduate Association of Art History, enjoys pursuing her own art, and some evenings partakes in kickboxing.
Alice is double-majoring in Anthropology and Classical Languages at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a media collections assistant at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology and a member of the 2012-13 cohort of Haas Scholars. Her research examines the complexities of revitalizing Latin and the interaction between language pedagogy and acquisition. She spent the summer of 2012 as a participant-observer at the Paideia Institute’s Living Latin in Rome. When not fretting over her senior thesis, she concocts an illusory exile from the hopeless spiral of (meta)linguistically determined meaning by walking aimlessly (subversive!), watching cat videos (encountering the divine!), scribbling (bridging that chasm between the signifier and the signified!), and playing the piano (mechanistic replacement!).