Patrick wrote his MA paper on Pliny the Younger’s second letter collection, showing how the arrangement of that collection replicates the atmosphere of the Roman dinner party. His interests in humor, sociability, and epistolary writing have led him to explore changes in modes of speech during the Middle/Late Republic and Early Empire, and he plans to write a dissertation on Roman laughter. On the Greek side, he has presented a conference paper on the poetics of Alcaeus which intersected with his primary studies in interesting ways. A native of Kansas City, he received BAs in English and Classical Philology from the University of Dallas (2019), then moved from one big state to another.
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