Laura R. Bevilacqua

Cohort Year: 2018
Research Interests: Anthropology and the Classics; Greek and Roman religions; Personifications; Cultural representations; Mythology; Reception Studies
Education: B.A., M.A. (Hons) Università degli Studi di Siena, Classics; M.A. Queen's University, Religious Studies

Laura is an Italian international graduate student. She earned both her B.A. and M.A. (Hons.) in Classics from Università degli Studi di Siena (Italy). Coming from Italy, Laura took a five-year high school program called “Liceo classico”: the Latin and ancient Greek language, history, and literature are the primary focus of the curriculum. When it was time to decide where to pursue her classical studies, Laura sought a place in which she could study the ancients facing different insights. In Siena, she found an ideal environment with scholars who looked at the Greeks and the Romans as if they were in front of us, rather than behind, and this changed everything for her. Laura shared with her undergraduate supervisor, Professor Simone Beta, a passion for classical music: therefore, her undergraduate dissertation was about the comparison between Homer’s Nausicaa and the representation of her character given by Reynaldo Hahn, a Venezuelan, then naturalized French, composer. During her studies in Siena, Laura eagerly enjoyed attending seminars at the Centro di Antropologia e Mondo Antico (AMA - http://www3.unisi.it/ricerca/centri/cisaca/index.html), gaining a passion for ancient religions and mythology. Under the supervision of Prof. Maurizio Bettini, Laura wrote her final dissertation on some Roman virtues that were personified as divinities, and formed, to some extent, a handbook for the Roman citizens on how to behave properly. Laura was then awarded an M.A. in Religious Studies at Queen’s University (Canada), supervised by Professor William Morrow.