Stephen Este-Paul Froedge

 Stephen Froedge

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4080 FLB
M/C 174
Teaching Assistant
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Stephen is currently composing his dissertation, “Plenus monstris: Monsters and Monstrosity in Flavian Epic,” under the direction of Antony Augoustaki while also improving his German at Universität Heidelberg during Fall 2018.

Stephen earned a BA in Classical Studies at the University of California, San Diego in 2011 and an MA in Classical Studies at the University of Kansas in 2013. His primary research interests, and the topic of his dissertation, centers on Latin poetry. However, he also maintains an interest in the novel and social interaction in the Satyrica specifically. His dissertation builds on recent work on Flavian epic and "monster theory" and looks to diagram the ways which monsters in the Thebaid and Punica both reflect and project Flavian culture.

He is also keenly interested in the reception of Classical ideas and motifs in modernity. His interest in this subfield focuses on television. 

Papers Delivered:

"Strangers Beside Us: Oedipus and Ted Bundy on Screen.” Classical Receptions Workshop, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2018

“Made from Monsters: Polyphemus in Statius’ Thebaid,” British Modernities Group Conference, Stranger Things: The Weird, the Paranormal, and the Problem of Belief, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2018

“Atomic Centaurs: Reading Statius, Reading Lucretius,” CAMWS, Albuquerque, NM, 2018

“‘Will I forget them?’ nostos and HBO’s The Leftovers,” Film and History, Milwaukee, WI, 2017. 

“How I Pine: Masochism in Propertius 4.8,” 7th Annual Graduate Colloquium in Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Madison, WI, October 21-22, 2016.

“Pomegranate Pop-Tarts: Katabasis and Brunch in IFC's Portlandia” Northwestern University/University of Michigan/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Classical Receptions Workshop May 13-15th, 2016.

"Tarquinium invenisti: The Characterization of Ascyltos in Petronius’ Satyrica," CAMWS, Williamsburg, VA, 2016.

"‘the progress of these dark shadows...’: The Blindness of Statius’ Oedipus," Illinois Workshop on Imperial Latin Epic, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2015. 

"vestigia inritae spei: Tacitus, Lucan and the Fire at Rome," CAMWS, Boulder, CO, 2015.

"I am Simply Not There: Narrative Perspective in Lucan's Bellum Civile 9.964-979," CAMWS, Waco, TX, 2014.

“This is Not an Exit: A Reexamination of Euripidesʼ Hippolytus,” CAMWS, Iowa City, IA, 2013.


Research Interests

  • Latin Epic Poetry, Monster Theory, Classical Reception in Television


  • BA, University of California, San Diego (2011)
  • MA, University of Kansas (2013)
  • MA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015)


  • LAT 101-104; CLCV 115; CLCV 102