Date of Completion

Spring 5-1-2014

Thesis Advisor(s)

Frederick Biggs

Honors Major



Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Celtic Studies | Comparative Literature | Scandinavian Studies


In an attempt to show how Western mythological depictions of metamorphosis in fighting men often serve as an early discussion on the psychosocial ramifications of warfare on veterans, this research holds early Norse, Celtic, and Anglo-Saxon texts in comparison with contemporary PTSD research and anecdotes from American veterans of the Vietnam War.