The Stanford Classics Department would like to congratulate one of our graduate students, Dillon Gisch, who is a recipient of a 2019-20 Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. The Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship recognizes advanced humanities doctoral students whose work is of the highest quality and who demonstrate promise of further outstanding achievement. Dillon's dissertation is entitled “Replication and Difference in Images of ‘Modest Venus,' 200 BCE–600 CE,” which considers how viewers would have understood replicated images of Venus naked and covering her vulva in the ancient Roman world.
Professor Jennifer Trimble is Dillon's advisor and says this of his emerging scholarship, "Dillon Gisch is tackling the afterlives of the Knidian Aphrodite in a very new way, exploring marginal cases that resist traditional classifications and thus make us rethink what the material meant to ancient viewers."
Congratulations to Dillon being awarded this prestigious fellowship!