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    • An Analysis of the Surface Area of the Western Roman Empire until CE 476 

      Roncone, Laura Antonia (University of Waterloo, 2012-10-01)
      In 1968, Rein Taagepera created growth curves of four empires by measuring the surface area of each and plotting his data on a graph of area versus time. He used his growth curves to analyse the development of empires ...
    • Augustus, Egypt, and Propaganda 

      Broadbent, Valerie (University of Waterloo, 2012-05-24)
      Augustus was a master of propaganda who employed Ancient and Hellenized Egypt as a means to legitimize his newly acquired power in Rome after the Battle of Actium. This thesis examines the ways in which Augustus moulded ...
    • Celtic, Roman, and Everything in Between: The Evolution of the Sacred in Romano-Celtic Wales 

      Pritchard, Mackenzie Dinelle (University of Waterloo, 2021-08-26)
      Celtic religion is usually summarized with a quick discussion of druidic practices and human sacrifice. The actual ancient religion of the Insular Celtic populations was a lot more complicated. This thesis introduces the ...
    • The Chester 'Command' System c. 71-96 C.E. 

      Price, Tristan (University of Waterloo, 2020-01-13)
      This thesis centres on the operations of the Chester ‘command’ system in the region of North Wales, roughly from the first year in which Petilius Cerialis served as the governor of Britain to the death of Emperor Domitian. ...
    • The Conversion of the Anglo-Saxon Laity, 597-798 

      Tardif, Jordan (University of Waterloo, 2021-04-30)
      Conversion in the middle ages was driven by many factors depending on the time and place the conversion was occurring. This is often wrongly summarized by explaining that once a king converted his subjects would follow ...
    • Dionysian Semiotics: Myco-Dendrolatry and Other Shamanic Motifs in the Myths and Rituals of the Phrygian Mother 

      Attrell, Daniel (University of Waterloo, 2013-09-04)
      The administration of initiation rites by an ecstatic specialist, now known to western scholarship by the general designation of ‘shaman’, has proven to be one of humanity’s oldest, most widespread, and continuous ...
    • The Education of Demea in Terence’s Adelphi 

      Stricker, Justin (University of Waterloo, 2011-09-07)
      The aim of this thesis was to gather an in-depth understanding of the changes in the role of the Roman father during the Middle Roman Republic by analyzing a play called The Adelphi by Terence. A literature review was ...
    • Ethnic Constructions in the Seleucid Military 

      Houle, Del John (University of Waterloo, 2015-08-25)
      This study examines the use and meaning of ethnic denominations in Hellenistic military contexts, both in literature and epigraphy. By analyzing the epigraphic records of the settlements which provided soldiers for Hellenistic ...
    • Family Matters: Gender and Family in Seneca's Phaedra 

      Le Clair, Keilah (University of Waterloo, 2019-04-30)
      Seneca the Younger, writing in the early Roman Empire, is the only known Roman tragedian whose works survive. His Phaedra, considered to be one of his earlier tragedies, is centered on the royal family of Athens, consisting ...
    • Gallo-Roman Relations under the Early Empire 

      Walsh, Ryan (University of Waterloo, 2013-08-30)
      This paper examines the changing attitudes of Gallo-Romans from the time of Caesar's conquest in the 50s BCE to the start of Vespasian's reign in 70-71 CE and how Roman prejudice shaped those attitudes. I first examine the ...
    • Gender Interplay in Nonnos' Dionysiaka: The Cases of Deriades and Aura 

      Apokatanidis, Katerina (University of Waterloo, 2018-08-22)
      This thesis presents the relation between the gendered language of Nonnos and the ironic undertones he employs to describe two main plot points in the Dionysiaka. I focus on Dionysos’ battle with Deriades, the Indian king, ...
    • Girls Gone Wild: A Speculative 3D Rendering of the Lesser Attalid Monument Amazonomachy 

      Tennant, Elizabeth Patricia (University of Waterloo, 2019-04-30)
      Using the surviving historical and archaeological remains, as well as contemporary stylistic reference, this thesis reconstructs one battle of the lost Lesser Attalid Monument in its entirety. This is done through digital ...
    • Gregory of Nazianzus: carmen II. 1. 22: An Edition and Commentary 

      Barrales-Hall, Andrea Lynn (University of Waterloo, 2012-08-29)
      Gregory of Nazianzus (ca. AD 330-390) was one of the most learned men of his time and is one of the most important theologians of the early Christian Church. His orations, letters and poetry were widely studied and greatly ...
    • Imperial Transportation and Communication from the Third to the Late Fourth Century: The Golden Age of the cursus publicus 

      Lemcke, Lukas (University of Waterloo, 2013-09-05)
      The existence of an infrastructure that allowed reliable communication between the emperors and all parts of the Roman civil and military administration was integral for the dissemination of ideologies, the promulgation ...
    • Interregnum: Queen Regency in the Seleucid Empire 

      Reda, Stacy (University of Waterloo, 2014-09-03)
      An examination of the ancient sources indicates that there were possibly seven Queens Regent throughout the course of the Seleucid Dynasty: Apama, Laodice I, Berenice Syra, Laodice III, Laodice IV, Cleopatra I Thea, and ...
    • The Intertextual Dynamics of Colluthus' Abduction of Helen 

      Harmsworth, Geoffrey (University of Waterloo, 2018-08-22)
      This thesis is devoted to an intertextual study of Colluthus’ late antique epyllion, the Abduction of Helen. Colluthus is a poet whose reputation has long suffered, but is currently under rehabilitation, and the aim of ...
    • Property Law in Roman Egypt in the Light of the Papyri: Safeguarding Women's Economic Interests 

      Sturym, Melina (University of Waterloo, 2013-08-30)
      This study looks at the role of women in the economic environment of Roman Egypt in the light of the papyri. By examining marriage and inheritance documents from the first three centuries, the study shows that marital and ...
    • The Refutation of Magic in the Dərsanat of Zärʾa Yaʿəqob 

      Dickinson, Shawn Michael Augustine (University of Waterloo, 2017-05-15)
      The 15th century Ethiopian Emperor Zärʾa Yaʿəqob (r. 1434-1468) is perhaps the most influential figure in the almost 1700 year history of the Ethiopian Church. One would be hard-pressed to name an individual who can match ...
    • Rejection and Integration: State Reactions to the Evolution of Dionysian Mystery Cult in Greece and Rome 

      Noakes, Andrew (University of Waterloo, 2020-01-15)
      This thesis examines the integration of Dionysian mystery cults into the state religions of Greek polis and the Roman Republic. The cults are often portrayed as controversial and immoral in myth and literature, but the ...
    • Relics of Roman Identity: Antiquities Collection and Cultural Memory in the Palazzo del Bufalo, Rome, c. 1450 – 1600 CE 

      Coleman, Matthew (University of Waterloo, 2020-09-15)
      The rapid urban development in Renaissance Rome meant constant excavation and the daily (re)discovery of antique arts and artefacts from the city’s rich classical past. As Rome’s new population began to unearth the domain ...


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