Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Molly Pasco-Pranger

Second Advisor

Eva Payne

Third Advisor

Caroline Wigginton

Relational Format



The connection between people in early America and classicism is a field of study that has been heavily documented, although it has remained a very male-focused field with little research done about how women in early America formed a relationship with antiquity. This thesis reveals that elite white women had a deep emotional and intellectual attachment with mothers and matrons from ancient Greece and Rome as a basis for expressing political thoughts and identity; classicism formed a common language that many women could relate to each other before, during, and after the American Revolution. This assessment is achieved through a case study involving prolific writer Mercy Otis Warren’s pseudonym Marcia and poetic reference to Cornelia.

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