Elliston Perot Bissel, a third-year doctoral student, has been awarded a grant by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which provides funding for individually designed study/research projects for one academic year at a university outside the United States. Bissel will use his grant for study at the University of Vienna. Bissel graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a major in classical languages and literature. His senior thesis, Cato in Lucan’s Poetic Conception of History, explored Lucan’s use of the stoic hero in his presentation of a history of the world marked by endless civil war. As an undergraduate, Bissel also studied Sanskrit and spent summers at the South Asia Institute in Heidelberg and the American School of Indian Studies in Pune, India. He is currently enrolled in the Sanskrit and classics Ph.D. program and hopes to work on comparative projects relating the traditions of epic poetry both of South Asia and the Mediterranean.

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