"Medea’s Family Reunion: An Awkward Occasion"
— Attendance would be low, of course, since Medea would have killed most of her family already.  And this is why “Medea’s Witness Protection” would be the sequel!

For anyone who has ever taken a course in a classical language, you’re probably familiar with the debate over which publisher’s editions of classical texts are superior.  The three biggest players are the Loeb Classical Library, the Oxford Classical Texts, and the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics, each of which has a distinctive visual style that makes each one instantly identifiable.  In this video, a group of classics students jump to the defense of their Cambridge “green and yellows,” to a recognizable tune.  It really does make the perfect soundtrack for a Sunday afternoon full of Latin homework.

[Click through to view the video on YouTube to see the lyrics, since it can sometimes be a bit hard to make out.]

"'Welcome to Hades! My Name is Sibyl, and I'll be your Guide Today': Prophetically Mandated Travel to the Underworld in Ancient Literature"
"Sure, You’re A Licensed Private Eye, But Tell Me About Your Sex Life: The Emphasis on Non-Normative Sexualities in Detective Fiction from Oedipus to Sherlock Holmes"
— OK, obviously Oedipus’s incest is in a very different category from Sherlock’s asexuality.  But I couldn’t figure out a better way to say it without the title becoming about seven lines long, so if anyone can come up with something better-but-still-succinct, I’d be eager to hear it!
"How Phaedra Got Her Groove Back"

Bonus post going off of today’s title: this is actually real.  I love academia.  Special thanks to Florencia for bringing this article to my attention.

"I’m Actually Going to Count the Number of Poop Jokes in Aristophanes: Is There Enough Time in a Year to Finish?"

As a person who spends a fair amount of time obsessing about the distant past, I can safely say there are times I’ve been amazed by the sorts of ridiculous things that seem completely normal to me at this point.

One time, I was reading for a mythology seminar and saw something along the lines of “No evidence for a ritual sacrifice exists, though there do appear to be signs of an elaborate cheese stealing ritual.”  That’s not the direct quote, but you get the point.  Really bizarre stuff, and I’m sitting there nodding being all, “Ah, yes, of course.”  But right-now me wants to go back and point out to back-then me, “NO, NOT OF COURSE, THAT MAKES NO SENSE!!!!!!”

This is relevant because I think that this week’s guest submission, which comes from Classical Languages major Florencia F., gets at these Classics problems very nicely.  Florencia is opting not to write her thesis on:

"Honey, I Killed the Kids!": Why Disney Waters Down Myth, or a Sympathetic Exploration of Euripides’ Medea

Yes, for a Classics major, horrendous crimes like infanticide are all too commonplace - you’re dealing with that stuff all the damn time.  I admire the way that this topic embraces that.  And honestly, it’s got plenty of potential - I’m kinda secretly hoping that Florencia ends up actually writing this.  I know that’s one presentation I couldn’t wait to sit through.

As always, I’ll take this opportunity to remind you that YOU can be the next guest submitter to Rejected Thesis Titles, regardless of your actual academic status or field, by hitting up the Submit link on the sidebar.

Yours in peace, love, and ancient cheese stealing rituals (but not infanticide - you gotta draw the line somewhere),


"Plenty of Womb for Interpretation: Symbolic Caves from Plato to Virgil to Mumford & Sons"
""So Call Me Maybe?": A Comparative Analysis of Sappho and Carly Rae Jepsen’s Use of (Anti-)Conventional Kletic Hymns in Invocations of Venus"