I have been variously studying, researching and teaching in Oxford since I turned up as a Classics II student in 2006. I wrote my doctorate on the reception of Cicero in the early empire under the supervision of Llewelyn Morgan and began my teaching career at my old college, Brasenose. Last year I worked at St Anne's College and am delighted to be moving to St Hilda's in Michaelmas Term 2017 in my capacity as a Departmental Lecturer in Latin Literature and Roman History.
My chief interests in the ancient world are the life and times of Marcus Tullius Cicero. My doctoral dissertation on his early reception is currently being prepared for publication by Oxford University Press.
Latin Literature, especially Cicero; Roman History, especially Cicero; Ancient Philosophy, especially Cicero.
Undergraduate: I teach most Latin literature courses offered in Classics, alongside providing language classes in Greek and Latin. I also teach a variety of Roman history papers.
Graduate: My specialism lies in the literature and history of the late Roman Republic and early Empire.
Ille regit dictis animos: Virgil’s Perspective on Cicero’s Final Years
Reading Cicero's Final Years Receptions of the Post-Caesarian Works Up to the Sixteenth Century - With Two Epilogues
This volume contributes to the ongoing scholarly debate regarding the reception of Cicero. It focuses on one particular moment in Cicero's life, the period from the death of Caesar up to Cicero's own death.
Quintus Cicero's Commentariolum: A Philosophical Approach to Roman Elections
Splendide Mendax: Rethinking Fakes and Forgeries in Classical, Late Antique, and Early Christian Literature
The debate over the authorship of the Commentariolum Petitionis is both longstanding and unlikely to be decisively resolved in the near future. Largely as a result of this, it remains one of antiquity’s most underrated documents; frequently side-lined as a curiosity, or dismissed as a forgery. The position I take for this paper is to argue that with the debate on the text’s authenticity seemingly deadlocked on a philological level, it is necessary to advance arguments addressing the other major objection to the possibility of its author being Quintus Cicero, that is to say, the purpose of this baffling document. I propose that an approach to this text which takes its philosophical context into account both supports Quintus Cicero’s claim to authorship and provides evidence for certain aspects of his brother’s historic election to the consulship. I situate the text within the contemporary debate which attempted to categorize all activities as either a teachable technē or an innate dunamis. By showing that this election should be understood as the former, Quintus could promote the idea that his brother’s rise was to be attributed to successful electioneering, not backdoor Pompeian intrigue.
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Commentariolum Petitionis, Quintus Cicero, Latin Philosophy, Roman Politics, Roman History, Latin Literature, Roman Republic