Eleni Hatzaki, Paschalis Zafeiriadis, and Jack Davis pose in regalia after a defense

This fall semester three of the University of Cincinnati's graduate students in the classics made their formal dissertation defenses. Our hearty congratulations on successful defenses to Alexandros Laftsidis, Paschalis Zafeiriadis, and Catherine Baker!

Alexandros made his defense on Monday, October 8th, with his thesis entitled The Hellenistic Ceramic "Koine" Revisited, exploring Hellenistic tableware across several geographic regions of Greece and the Aegean islands. Before coming to the University of Cincinnati, Alexandros received his B.A. and M.A. from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and was trained in Pella Agora, Vergina, and Archontiko in excavational methods, which we went on to apply across Greece at various excavational sites.

On Wednesday, October 17th, Paschalis defended his thesis entitled Society Makes Itself: Analyzing Spatial and Social Structures in Late Neolithic (ca. 5300-4500 B.C.) – Early Bronze Age (ca. 3300-2000) Macedonia, Greece, which discussed the relationship between spatial and social organization in Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age structures excavated in Macedonia and Greece. He also received his B.A. and M.A. from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki before attending the University of Cincinnati.


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Catherine's defense, the last of the semester, took place on Friday, October 26th, with her presentation of her thesis entitled Roman Imperialism and Latin Colonization in the Central Apennines: Networks of Interaction and Exchange, concerning relationships between four Apennine colonies and Rome and Latium. Catherine, before attending the University of Cincinnati, received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her M.A. from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. She has participated in excavations throughout Italy and currently teaches as an instructor at Bowdoin College.