The Researchers

Emperor Nero – Hale King

Hale King is a junior at Washington & Lee University majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Classics. He was introduced to Classics his freshman year in Professor Koster’s Roman Spectacles class, and he he has never looked back.


Emperor Trajan – Grant Cokeley

Grant Cokeley is a junior at Washington & Lee University majoring in American history with minors in classics and philosophy. His introduction to classics came as a dazed and confused sophomore in Professor Benefiel’s Latin 101 class, where he was shocked to learn that not only had Russell Crowe not actually saved Rome from Joaquin Phoenix, but that verbs did this weird thing called “conjugate.” For fun, he plays rugby, binge watches Netflix, and derails class conversations.


Emperor Marcus Aurelius – Parrish Preston

Parrish Preston is a sophomore at Washington and Lee University majoring in Classics with a special interest in English and classical literature. He began his career in classics in high school where he studied Latin and Greek. He will travel and study at the Centro in Rome in the Fall of 2015.


Emperor Commodus – Stephen Moore

Stephen Moore is a senior at Washington and Lee University majoring in American history and Economics with a minor in Classics.  Originally from Massachusetts, he ventured to Lexington, VA to quench his thirst for the liberal arts.  He began his classical adventure in college with an introduction to Latin course, and now finds himself helping to create a website that promotes classics in a digital age.  As the most senior researcher on this undergraduate task force, he provided unparalleled leadership and motivational skills for his team, which most likely derived from his career as the president of W&L’s club soccer team.  His hobbies include poetry in the original Latin and Ken Burns documentaries.


Emperor Constantine – Findley Bowie

Findley Bowie is a sophomore at Washington & Lee University with a currently undecided major. His first experience with Classics came in high school Latin class, but at W&L it came in Professor Dance’s Latin 201 Republican Prose, where the language truly came alive. Outside of Classics he plays basketball, ponders deep questions, and watches “The Office”.