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Amanda Klause '12 Presents Paper at Annual Classics Meeting

Amanda Klause '12 Presents
Paper at Annual Classics Meeting

by Mariam Zakhary '13

Amanda Klause '12
Amanda Klause '12 (left) speaks with a member of the audience after presenting her paper at the Classical Association of the Atlantic States. 

Amanda Klause '12, an honors Greek major and Latin minor from Middletown, Conn., recently delivered a talk at the annual meeting of The Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS). Her talk, "Poetic Authority in Hesiod's Theogony," examines the suppression of the female voice in the earliest Greek myths about the origins of the universe.

"The conference was a wonderful experience," says Klause, who developed her talk from a paper she wrote for a seminar on archaic Greek poetry taught by Associate Professor of Classics and Philosophy Grace Ledbetter. "I felt that my paper was received well. People there seemed excited and were quick to offer suggestions for further reading."

In her paper, Klause explores the poem Theogony (which means "birth of the gods"), composed by the poet Hesiod sometime between 750–650 B.C.E, and argues that the male narrator in Theogony actively works to minimize chthonic female voices.

Assistant Professor of Classics Jeremy Lefkowitz also attended the CAAS meeting. "Senior scholars and current Ph.D. students from institutions across the region were engaged and impressed by Klause's masterful handling of the Greek text and by her innovative and persuasive argument," he reports.