As I am considering options for graduate school in history, I have been reflecting on what exactly interests me about the ancient world. After a bit of brainstorming, I wrote a statement which generally describes my research interest:
" I am interested in the ideas of antiquity and also how they have been transmitted and interpreted through history. The influences on and formation of early Christian ideas I find particularly fascinating, especially the role of Greek and Roman philosophy and Near Eastern religion, as well as the exchange of ideas between ancient civilizations. Finally, I believe the study of ancient history can inform that of American history—especially in the realms of politics and ethics—as our country has harkened back to ancient ideas since colonial times. "