Visala is from New York City and received her A.B. in Classics from Princeton University in 2017. She then received a Masters in Classical literature/languages from the University of Oxford in 2018 with a focus on early Greek hexameter poetry and reception theory. She is particularly passionate about the study of religion in the ancient world and classical reception in the poetry of W.H. Auden and W.B. Yeats. In the past, Visala has volunteered as a coordinator and teacher for Aequora’s Princeton location. She is grateful for the opportunity to teach and study with the other Rome Fellows this year.
Luby is a 2018 graduate from Cornell University with a B.A. in Classics and the College Scholar Program. Her honors thesis on Cratylan wordplay in Greek theatre sparked an obsession with ludic orality in Greek and Latin literature. As a performer, her past notable life roles include Captain of the Varsity Fencing team, President of her sketch comedy group, as well as Corinna in Paideia's Living Latin: The Movie, and Helen, Electra, and Jocasta in the Classics department's theatrical productions. She has been hooked on Paideia since the 2016 Living Latin in NYC conference, and is an alumna of Living Latin in Rome, Living Greek in Greece, the internship program, and Living Latin in Paris. She hopes to become a Latin and Greek teacher.
Brendan graduated from Wesleyan University in 2018, with a degree in Classics, Medieval Studies, and the College of Letters, an interdisciplinary major for the study of European history, literature, and philosophy. For his senior thesis, he worked on a previously un-studied manuscript, a collection of Latin sermons from 14th century England. In addition to all things medieval, Brendan enjoys playing guitar and frisbee with his family and friends.
Samantha graduated as a Newcomb Scholar with a B.A. in Latin from Tulane University in 2018. While at Tulane, she published a case study on the Women’s Classical Caucus and presented her thesis on women’s roles in Catullus 64 and Statius’ Achilleid. The highlight of her 2017 Living Latin in Rome experience was reciting Cicero’s In Catilinam in the Roman Forum. When not engaged in Classics, Samantha enjoys attending Broadway productions and eating beignets in her hometown of New Orleans.
Allison received a B.A. in Greek and Roman Studies in 2018 from Vassar College, where she wrote a thesis examining the reasons and ways rape narratives are told focusing on Livy's Ab Urbe Condita. She attended the Paideia Institute's 2017 Living Latin in Rome program and was the Social Media Coordinator for the Online Public Classics Archive. She enjoys studying gender and sexuality in the ancient world, spreading her love for antiquity, and drinking good coffee.
Emma Wynne is a class of 2018 graduate of Christendom College with her B.A. in Classical and Early Christian Studies. While her interests are diverse, she particularly loves Virgil and Augustan poetry. In her free time, she can be spotted exploring new places, especially those with historical significance, music, and/or coffee. She is an alumna of Living Greek in Greece, and is excited to join the Paideia Institute in Rome.