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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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Once Upon the Fifteenth Year: An Exploration of Identity Formation Within the Cultural Practice of Quinceañeras in Contemporary Nicaragua, Ashley Melissa Chavez-White
Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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DataLongLegs -- Web Application Development for Wooster City Schools, Liang Cheng
Department: Computer Science

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Investigation into the Physiological Role of Arginine Kinase in Caenorhabditis elegans Locomotion, Melanie Chin
Department: Neuroscience

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The Function of Masochism in Performance Art of the 1970's: A Psychoanalytic Examination of Performances by Chris Burden, Marina Abramović, and Abramović/Ulay, Philip W. Chung
Department: Art and Art History

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Une Étude De La Traite Des Enfants Entre Le Maroc Et La France, Francesca Kathleen Raffaela Cistone
Department: French and Francophone Studies

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State of Grace: How Grace Kelly Rose to Prominence and Fell to Irrelevance Through Her Sense of Style and Self Preservation, Rachel J. Clark
Department: English

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A Comparative Assessment of Venlafaxine Degradation in Municipal and Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant Sludge, Shauntia Cobb
Department: Biology; Chemistry; Environmental Studies

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Learning Emotions: A Software Engine for Simulating Realistic Emotion in Artificial Agents, Douglas Code
Department: Computer Science

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The “Production” of Urban Poverty: Comparative Analysis of Brazilian Favelas and South African Townships (1964-1985), Ngozi Monica Cole
Department: History

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Can Social Media Patterns be used as a Clinical Predictor of Social Anxiety, Luke J. Collier
Department: Psychology

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The Role of Espionage During the American Revolution, WIlliam J. Coll
Department: History

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Vikings and Ogres, Dragons and Donkeys: An Analysis of Protagonists and Antagonists in DreamWorks Films within a Traditional Context of Good and Evil, Katherine Colman
Department: Communication

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The Personality of a Drug User: Personality's Effect on Perception of Anti-Drug Campaigns, Colleen P. Compliment
Department: Psychology

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Uncovering the Strategic Logic of Boko Haram, Kyle Conklin
Department: Political Science

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What is success?: A case study of the Barberton Community Development Corporation and the discourse on community development success, Bailey R. Connor
Department: Economics; Sociology and Anthropology

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The Good, The Bad, and The Evil-ish: A Quantitative Study of Multisensory Emotion Perception in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder, Brittany Ann Cook
Department: Communication

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Escaping Definitions: A Queer Reader on Love for Students of Ancient Greek, Anna-Maria H.C. Cornel
Department: Classical Studies

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Parental Attitudes Towards Unsupervised and Unstructured Play, Georgia Corran
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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What Went Wrong?—The Cleveland Browns’ Expansion Years 1999-2003, Ian Crawford
Department: History

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Technomorphis: Artistic Explorations of Humanity’s Dynamic Relationship with Technology, Julia M. Cropper
Department: Art and Art History

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Your Worst Nightmare: The Uncanny Female Double in 3 Women, Mulholland Drive, and Persona, Clara Cuccaro
Department: English

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The Thinking Machine: An Intentional Study into the Prospect of Strong AI, Nicholas L. Cullo
Department: Philosophy

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An Analysis of the Effects of Father Attachment on Sex, Love, Adult Attachment, and Hostility, Mitchell Czerniak
Department: Psychology

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Organizing on the Margins: The National Domestic Workers Union of America and the Development of Intersectional Labor Activism in the 1970s, Shannon Dade
Department: History; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Fair Play from UEFA? A theoretical and empirical study of the time horizon employed by UEFA’s Financial Fair Play and its effects on the profitability of English Premier League clubs., Philip J. Dalman
Department: Business Economics

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Cloning and Expression of the Novel Proteins in the Bacillus niacini Nicotinic Acid Degradation Pathway and an Initial Attempt to Characterize the NicAB Complex, Abigail K. Daniel
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Interception of Perceptions: An Analysis of Campus Perceptions of the Varsity Football Team Using Integrated Marketing Communications, Cody L. Daniel
Department: Communication

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Should I Gamble in my Foreign Language? An Investigation of Language Effect on Decision Making Process, Dang Khoa Ngoc Dao
Department: International Relations; Psychology

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Glory, Glory Fan United!: A study of the relationship between fan loyalty and team performance in English Premier League Football, Priyanka Datta
Department: Business Economics; Mathematics

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Determining growth and mutation rates in met18Δ and met18Δrnr-1D57N yeast strains, to uncover pathways affected by elevated deoxyribonucleotide triphosphates and potential targets for cancer therapies.., Bryan Daugherty
Department: Biology

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La vida es a Dream: The nuances of acting a translation explored through Calderón de la Barca’s Life is a Dream., Erika Daun
Department: Spanish; Theatre and Dance

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Mechanistic Insights into the Suppression of Mutations by the Yeast Peroxiredoxin Tsa1, Joseph B. David
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Visions of Progress: Ohio's New Deal Post Office Murals, Curtis J. Davies
Department: History; Art and Art History

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Effects of Dietary Omega-3 Supplementation During Early Development on Learning and Memory in Adulthood in a Rat Model, Sharla D. Dean
Department: Neuroscience

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My Bun In Her Oven: Ethics, Exploitation, and Dharma in India's Surrogacy Industry, Alana S. Deluty
Department: Philosophy

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Influence of Main Caregiver-Child Attachment, Perceived Teacher Acceptance, and School Attitude on the Academic Performance of Middle-Childhood Children in Southwest China, Kuo Deng
Department: Psychology

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The Semantics of Goodness: A Study of Prudential Value, Zachary S. Diehl
Department: Philosophy; French and Francophone Studies

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Cultural and Communicative Competency in a Second Language, Rachel A. Dietz
Department: Psychology; Spanish

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The Developement of Craft, Samuel S. Donnroummo III
Department: Art and Art History

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To Intervene or Not to Intervene? Explaining Third-Party State Intervention in Civil Wars, Simon Doong
Department: International Relations

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Express Yourself! The Effects of Regional Norms and the Perceived Roles of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Council of Europe (CE) on Civil Society Organization (CSO) Permeability, Pablo D. Doster Ropero
Department: Political Science

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Dating the Glacial History Near Wolf Point, Muir Inlet, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Southeast Alaska, Zachery Downes
Department: Geology

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“A Moral Heroism Even Greater and Grander Than That of the Soldiers Who Fell:” The Transformation of the Public Sphere for White Southern Women After the Civil War, Diana R. Drushel
Department: History

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The Influence of Negotiations between School Districts and Teachers' Unions on the Allocation of Educational Resources and Student Attainment, Timothy Duhon
Department: Economics

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Silver Hair and Golden Hearts: Stories of the Residents, Staff, and Caregivers at West View Healthy Living, Anna K. Duke
Department: English

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Mad Dogs, Trent D. Dunn
Department: English

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How do Correctional Programs Help Ex-Offenders Obtain Employment after going through Reentry?, Anthony T. Durkin
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Life in the Fast Lane: A Study of Broadband Industry Regulation, James Elliott
Department: Business Economics

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Beyond Etiquette: Connecting to the Value of People, Maxim V. Elrod
Department: Philosophy

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Spontaneous Combustion: Examining the Spectacle of Burning Man, Celeste E. Endlich
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Enclothed Cognition and the Auditory Looming Bias: Connecting and Expanding Upon Research Within Two Branches of Psychology, Corwin D. Ensz
Department: Psychology

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An Examination of the Golden Ratio in Nature and Music, Marjorie Rose E. Etheridge
Department: Mathematics

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It Takes Two to Tango: Understanding Gender Performance and Intimate Self-Disclosure in Male Same-Sex Friendship Dyads of Heterosexual and Homosexual Men, Jason P. Evans
Department: Communication

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Freedom isn’t Free: The Role of Political Orientation and Authoritarianism in Predicting Citizen’s Vaccination Attitudes, Michael E. Evans
Department: Psychology

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Can a Fundamentalist Approach to Stock Pricing Explain Share Price Movements?, Michael P. Ewanechko
Department: Business Economics

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Using Role Theory To Analyze The Link Between Exceptionalism And The Use Of Military Force By States, John Eyre
Department: Political Science

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Let Us Process: Analysis of the Relationship Between Aberrant Behaviors and Auditory Processing in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emily Faber
Department: Communication

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Let's Talk About Shame: An In-Depth Analysis of How Shame Influences the College of Wooster Student Experience, Alanna Faust
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Effects of Rock Type and Bamboo Density on The Cryptic Coloration of The Bloody Bay Poison Frog, Levi J. Fawcett
Department: Biology

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Evaluating Education in Japan: Why Juku Schools May be Threatening a Child's Ability to Succeed and Increasing the Income Inequality Gap, Jake Cornelius Fisher
Department: Business Economics; Philosophy

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Assessment and Comparison of Ornamental Plant Disease Resistance and Plant Growth as Effected by Microbial Inoculants, Tylar Fisk
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Macroborings and their Relationship to Encrusting Bryozoans on Brachiopods and Bivalves from the Upper Ordovician of the Cincinnatian Group, Coleman D. Fitch
Department: Geology

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An Analysis of Robert Goodin's Public Utilitarianism in Application to the Current Firearm Debate, Anna Elise Fleming
Department: Political Science

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Pawsitive Pals: Parental Perceptions of the Effect of Autism Assistance Dogs on the Pragmatic Abilities of Their Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder, Madelaine E. Flynn
Department: Communication

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Performing an Ideal: The Changing Roles of Shamans in Contemporary South Korea, Meaghan Folger
Department: East Asian Studies

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Dendroclimatology in the Far East: Two-century tree-ring reconstructions of Amur River flow, Sarah E. Frederick
Department: Geology

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"I Am 'Is'": Reconciling Grief, Language, and Being in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, Chelsea Frey
Department: English; Philosophy

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Runaway Or Reigned in? Presidential Power and Congressional Controls During Times of War., Robert H. Friedhoff
Department: Political Science

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A Portrait A Day Keeps The Doctor Away, Jessica D. Friesen
Department: Art and Art History

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A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Efficacy of Art Therapy for Patients with Cancer: Review of Art Therapy, Jessica D. Friesen
Department: Psychology

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What Do a Princess, a Caveman, a Vampire, and Fairies Have In Common?: An Investigation of the Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Modern Animated Children's Films, Kaitlyn R.E. Fries
Department: Communication

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The Affordable Care Act as Cancer: An Ideological Analysis of Ted Cruz's 2013 Anti-ObamaCare Speech, John Maxwell Frietch
Department: Communication

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What Separates Northern Redback salamanders from Northern Ravine Salamanders? Studying the effects of Microhabitat isolation between Plethodon cinereus and Plethodon electromorphus, Jacob Gabriel
Department: Biology

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Personality Factors Underlying Risk Propensity in Individuals with a History of Substance Abuse, Sophia Garfinkel
Department: Neuroscience

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Success or Failure of International Non-Proliferation Regimes: A Comparative Decision-Making Analysis of Five Non-Nuclear Weapon States, Nataliya Gaydey
Department: Political Science

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Tuning Togetherness: Negotiating Senses of Place and Community Through Street Performance in Little Five Points, Atlanta, Matthew Adam Germaine
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Assessing Mechanistic Proposals of 6-Hydroxynicotinate 3- Monooxygenase (NicC) from B. bronchiseptica, Tyler J. Gerwig
Department: Chemistry

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The Moral Implications of Legislative Reform and Civil Strife, Nathan A. Gibian
Department: History

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Optimization and Characterization of Swellable Organically Modified Silica Particles for the Extraction of Volatile Fatty Acids, Alyssa Gilbert
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Phenazine Inhibition in Pseudomonads: An Investigation of Subinhibitory Aminoglycoside Concentrations and Pseudomonad Interactions, Sarah E. Gilbert
Department: Biology

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What Are Your Plans For Next Year?: An Assessment of The Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy and Career Maturity of Adolescents With Hearing Loss, Gabriella Gilfoy
Department: Communication

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Captain John Smith and the English Colonists Changing Perceptions of Virginia and the Algonquin Native Americans, 1584 to 1622., Jalyn Glassco
Department: History

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Xerogel-Coated Sand for the Adsorption and Enzymatic Degradation of Micropollutants in Drinking Water Treatment Plants, Emily J. Gleason
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Words Do Hurt: A Quantitative Analysis of Verbal Abuse in Romantic Relationships, Paige Goldberg
Department: Communication

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Masculine Space: The Final Frontier; A Historical Analysis of the Spatial Politics of Gender through the New Woman’s Access to Brassieres, Bicycles, and Higher Education in the United States from 1890-1930, Shelby Kirst Goldman
Department: History

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Female Preference for a Cognitive Trait in the Male Mealworm Beetle Tenebrio Molitor, Elizabeth Sara Ann Gonder
Department: Biology

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Identity, Identification, and Vision: A Study Examining the Recruiting Strategies utilized by NCAA Division III College Coaches, Martin Jalen Goodwin
Department: Communication

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Stuck In the Middle with You: Non-Western Medical Practices in Biomedical Hospital Settings, Emma Gorin
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Effects on Beetle and Ant Populations at a Temperate Deciduous Forest and Agricultural Edge, Dabney L. Gottman
Department: Biology

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Business and Political Clout: Reexamining the Relationship Between Government, Private Interests and Public PO, Connor A. Goulding-Miles
Department: Political Science

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A Molecular Analysis of Root-knot Nematode Nutrient Uptake, Allison B. Grenell
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Impact of Asymmetric Information on the Likelihood of Deception: An Experimental Study from a Communication Studies and Economics Perspective:, Benjamin David Grombala
Department: Business Economics; Communication

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Lovers Without Mentors: The Lover-Mentor Tradition and Counter-Tradition in Eighteenth-Century Women's Epistolary Fiction, Ryan T. Grow
Department: English

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Analysis of Eating Behavior in Autistic Children, Karma Y. Gurung
Department: Education

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Religion in Relationships: Observing Young Adults Religious Identities within Social Relationships, Cathy Z. Gwaltney
Department: Religious Studies

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The Effect of Competition Release on the Microhabitat Use and Body Size of the Introduced Species Anolis richardii on the Island of Tobago, Sean E. Hackel
Department: Biology

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Exposure of the Self: Expressions of Internal Conflict Through Fashion, Melissa G. Hackett
Department: Art and Art History

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The Cost of a Child: A Bayesian Model of the Fertility Decision of Women in Academia, Christine Hagan
Department: Mathematics

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Understanding the Origin of Swelling Force in Organically Modified Silica, Evan J. Hagedorn
Department: Chemistry; Physics

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Reflections of Foreign Influence and Social Class in Cypriot Art During the Hellenistic and Roman Periods, Bianca Hand
Department: Archaeology