Lillian Sellati '14 has received a $4,000 Harry Caplan Travel Fellowship to explore uses of Roman and local coins in Roman Britain, and to work on an accompanying paper titled "Coinage on the Roman Frontier and Beyond: Uses Other Than the Monetary." In it, she will explore the use of coinage as a political and diplomatic tool and ask how the iconography on Roman coins was understood by local peoples.
A double major in anthropology and classics, Sellati is spending the year abroad at University College Dublin.
The travel fellowship honors Harry Caplan, Class of 1916, the late emeritus professor of classics. Caplan was considered one of Cornell's most beloved and inspiring teachers for nearly 50 years. After his death in 1980, his former students contributed to an endowment in his honor. Annual travel fellowships from that endowment are awarded to students who share his interests -- including Greek and Latin classics, ancient Jewish culture, and ancient and medieval Latin rhetoric.