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Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Featured Graduates

Featured Graduates

Dr. Hannah Smagh hired as Assistant Teaching Professor

Meet the newest member of the CAMS faculty: Dr. Hannah Smagh specializes in Greek archaeology and the material culture of Greek religion. She has excavated at several projects in the Mediterranean, including Samothrace, Corinth, and the Molyvoti, Thrace, Archaeological Project in Greece and Selinunte in Sicily. Her research interests include gender, identity, and ethnicity in the Mediterranean world, slavery in the ancient world, Greek urbanism, cultural exchange, and digital humanities. Her current book project focuses on the practice of religion in the Greek house. Welcome, Dr. Smagh!

Featured Graduate

Gress selected as Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies marshal

Congratulations to Robert Gress, our Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies major student marshal for spring 2022 commencement! Robert is graduating with a B.A. degree in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. He was the 2021 recipient of the Robert E. Dengler Classics Grant-in-Aid Award. Robert previously worked for United Parcel Service and the United States Coast Guard Reserve. After graduation, he will continue studying Classics in graduate school. 
Featured Graduate

Castleberry selected as Anthropology marshal

Congratulations to Sarah Castleberry, the spring 2022 Anthropology student marshal! She is graduating with B.A. degrees in Anthropology and Art History, with a minor in Latin. Sarah sang advanced choral repertoire with Penn State Oriana Singers in the Penn State School of Music for six semesters. She also spent three weeks in Rome after her freshman year through the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies’ Study Tour of Roman History and Archaeology and studied abroad in Perugia, Italy, last fall. After graduation, Sarah will return home to Connecticut to work as a field archaeologist at Heritage Consultants, LLC for the summer and then plans to find anthropological or museum work near Boston, Massachusetts, next fall.

Welcome, Dr. Michael Beshay!

We are happy to announce that Dr. Michael Beshay will be joining the CAMS faculty in the Fall of 2022. Dr. Beshay writes: “I’m a scholar of religions of late antiquity who specializes in the history of early Christianity. My research centers on several interconnected topics, including the development of authoritative traditions; their transmission and reception in diverse artifacts and across confessional boundaries; the significance of ritual and “magic” for the production of novel religious idioms; and the legacies of so-called “heretical” Christians within the beliefs and practices that emerge as “Orthodox.” I explore these dynamics relative to the ritual traditions surrounding the Virgin Mary and King Solomon–two prominent figures whose authorities span multiple religious communities and represent layers of cultural innovation and conflict.”