Daniel Sutton

In both the Ancient Greek and Roman worlds, it was widely understood that in times of political upheaval there are changes in language, from the meanings of individual words to the patterns of public discourse. Focusing on Thucydides, Plato, Sallust and Tacitus, my research asks what processes were these various ancient thinkers describing, why did they think the processes were so important to understand, and how can they contribute to modern political philosophy on the relationships between language change and politics. 

I am interested more broadly in Greek and Roman historiography, the history of ancient democracies, ancient and modern rhetoric, and Classical reception in the French and American Revolutions. 

I studied for my undergraduate degree in Ancient and Modern History at St John's College, Oxford, graduating in 2018. I then spent a year as the Michael Von Clemm Fellow at Harvard, before returning to Oxford for my DPhil.