The Editors-in-Chief (EICs) of our very own undergraduate journal Tiresias have just recently sent out an e-mail containing a call for submissions as well as a call for those interested to get involved.

On occasion of this e-mail, I thought it appropriate to start a series of blog posts with the question of why I, one of the EICs in the founding year 2011-2012, got involved in the journal and why you should as well. Continue reading

Essay Writing 101

Any writer will tell you that one of the keys to a good story is pacing. You don’t have the hero fight for the princess before he’s heard of her. You don’t have a chase scene and a love scene at the same time. It’s true in stories, and it’s true in essays. It’s not just about having everything in there, it’s about having it in the right order. What’s even more important is having the right amount of it. Every paper you’ll write has a word limit, and you need to manage that in the best way possible. You know how annoyed you get when you’re watching something on tv, and instead of wrapping up it just ends with “To Be Continued”? I promise you, if the person grading your essay feels like you ended with that, you’re up the creek. You know which one. Happily, after you’re done reading, this won’t be a problem you ever have again, provided you follow the directions. Continue reading

I’m completely crippled by wisdom tooth related trauma right now, so today’s post on essays didn’t quite make it. Happily, there was this to bail me out. Enjoy this awesome look at one of the foundational minds in SCIENCE (all instances of SCIENCE will be spelled with capitals), Archimedes, by Dr. Garret Merriam of the University of Southern Indiana. Enjoy!  Continue reading

So What Should You Do With Your Classics Degree?

Graduating this year and don’t know what you’ll do once you have? Got a year or two left and still aren’t sure what you’ll do with your Classics degree? Or maybe you’re in first year and haven’t even decided on a major yet?  That’s okay.  I’ll tell you about a few famous Classicists for inspiration. Continue reading

Essay Writing 101

You’re clear of midterms now, but essays are still looming. You’ve probably got a little over a month to write  a great essay. You might start now, you might not. Either way, every great essay starts with a great thesis sentence. We’ve all heard about them, but the question I’m most often asked when helping people with their essays is “What’s a thesis sentence?” After reading this, you’ll never need to ask that question again. And you’ll craft theses which will make angels cry. Okay, maybe not that. But here are the things that make a thesis sentence good.  Continue reading

This week the Classics department had the privilege of hosting a talk by Princeton scholar and academic entrepreneur Dr. Mildred Budny, who braved the remains of Hurricane Sandy to fly in and educate us on the intricacies of knotwork in illumination. The head of the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence and former president of the Societas Magica, Milly’s academic interest in knotwork begins with a paper she published in 2001, and has persisted since.  Continue reading

Essay Writing 101

I know, I know. I promised no chiding advice on how you want to get your essay started early because, let’s face it, that’s not going to happen. But even if you don’t start writing until the night before it’s due, this can save you a lot of grief in more ways than one. Today I’ll explain the how and the why of starting your research early.  Continue reading

Every year our department gets together to celebrate the achievements of our students and talk about new developments in the department at the annual Classical and Medieval Studies wine and cheese. Last week’s  occasion was made doubly special by the launching of our undergraduate journal, Tiresias. Fun was had, wine was drunk, and a lot of awards were given out. Head past the jump for some of the highlights, or view the full galleryContinue reading