"I applied to the Scholars program in order to gain research experience in Classics for graduate level work in the future."
Ancient literary criticism, poetics, Neo-Aristotelianism, textural criticism, Latin epic, ancient religion, practical application of the Classics, comparative literature, Italian literature (medieval and modern), medieval studies, modernism, film studies.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- George and Liberty Perry Ancient Greek Language Scholarship (2010)
- Anderson Scholar of Highest Distinction (2008)
- Florida Bright Futures (2008)
- UF President's Honor Roll (2008-2011)
- UF Honor's Program (2008-2011)
- Epsilon Iota/Chapter of Eta Sigma Phi
With Eta Sigma Phi I help organize annual canned-food drives, bake-a-thons, and other events.
Hobbies and Interests
Agent of Homeric Closure: Mercury in the Aeneid
The divine intervention of Mercury in Vergil’s Aeneid, however brief, challenges the naturalistic reading of Dido’s ill-fated love, and stands as so unwieldy a narrative nuisance that D.C. Feeney has stated, “generations of readers and scholars have come up with more or less ingenious techniques for writing the disruptive Mercury out of the story.” Whereas this limited attention has almost entirely written Vergil’s contribution to the epic herald tradition out of the critical record, this paper will address Mercury in Book 4 of the Aeneid in light of his capacity as an agent of Homeric closure as well as a marker signaling the end of the narrative conflict of Aeneas’ delay in Carthage. Previous scholarship has focused almost exclusively on the parallels between Odyssey 5 and the Mercury episode in Aeneid 4, in accordance with E.L. Harrison’s evaluation; “It is clear that this is Vergil’s model for Mercury’s first mission to Aeneas”. A closer look at Iliad 24 will demonstrate a clearer narrative connection between the Homeric and Vergilian epics, both in terms of content and structure.