Date Thesis Awarded


Access Type

Honors Thesis -- Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


Classical Studies


Vassiliki Panoussi

Committee Members

Molly Swetnam-Burland

Jennifer Gülly


My research examines how the interpersonal relationships of female characters impact their characterization, actions and agency in two Flavian epic poems, Statius' Thebaid and Valerius' Argonautica (written during the Flavian dynasty in the late first century CE). This period sees a true renaissance of the epic genre, featuring powerful female characters such as Medea in Valerius and Antigone in Statius, whose actions shape the main thrust of the narrative. By examining how these women’s relationships and familial roles as sisters and daughters affect their subjectivity, actions, and agency, I offer a new perspective on female characters in Flavian epic.