Kirsten Jaqua

Graduate Student
HSSB 4063


My interest in other languages and cultures kindled years ago when I made my first trip to Denmark to visit relatives. I grew up in a bilingual home and knew already the value of reading texts in their original languages. My upbringing led me to choose my two majors at the University of Colorado Boulder. I studied Anthropology and Classics with a focus on ancient languages. Latin poetry was my first love, from Vergil’s intricate and vivid description to Catullus and Martial’s trite social commentaries. In time, my favorite genre became Greek tragedy. For my undergraduate honors thesis, I examined on one of the many intriguing aspects of tragedy: the expression of femininity. My thesis specifically discussed the controversial protagonists of Euripides’ Medea and Sophocles’ Trachiniae.  I am excited to continue studying Classics at the University of California. I look forward to working with the faculty and my fellow students and expanding my understanding of the Classical world overall.