Cynthia Polsley

Cynthia (Cara) received Bachelor’s degrees in Classical Languages and in Classical Antiquities with Highest Distinction from the University of Kansas, where she wrote a thesis on Manilius’ Astronomica.

In 2012, she graduated with her Master’s in Classics, also from KU. Her M.A. thesis examined epic transmission and the independent traditions of Sargon of Akkad and the hero Bellerophon.

Cara’s primary research interests include the literary development of epic tradition, Greek and Roman interaction with the Near East, and Indo-European linguistics. She delights in Greek, Latin, and the classical legacy in general, with interests ranging from Hellenistic iconography and Latin didactic to ancient wordplay and the Suda. In addition to a keen appreciation for classical science fiction, she enjoys perusing Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, puzzling over Northwest Semitics, and practicing calligraphy.

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