As an undergraduate I studied Ancient and Modern History at Balliol College (2005-2008). I then went on to do the Masters in Greek and Roman History at Balliol (2008-2010), where I wrote a thesis on the role of geography in Quintus Curtius Rufus' Historiae Alexandri Magni. During the MPhil, I also got the opportunity to explore the social and economic history of the Hellenistic world and to learn the disciplines of epigraphy and papyrology. For my DPhil in Ancient History at New College (2010-2013) I became interested in how to write history with geography, and ultimately I wrote a thesis about processes of regional integration on Lesbos and in the Troad. After finishing my doctorate, I was a Junior Research Fellow in Classics at The Queen's College (2013-2016), during which time I developed an interest in what the evidence of coins can tell us about regional dynamics.
My first book was a regional history of Lesbos and the the Troad from the 7th c. BC – 1st c. AD which explored the political, cultural, and social history of regional integration (The Kingdom of Priam: Lesbos and the Troad between Anatolia and the Aegean, OUP 2019). I continue to work on the history of Lesbos and the Troad by exploring the largely unstudied coinages of the region from the 6th - 1st c. BC. My next project is a social and cultural history of literary production in the Greek city-states of the Hellenistic period. This will look at how the dynamics of the polis shaped the literary culture of the Hellenistic world.
Greek history 800 BC - AD 300, historical geography, literature and politics in the post-classical polis, Greek numismatics, Greek epigraphy.
The Kingdom of Priam Lesbos and the Troad Between Anatolia and the Aegean
Since antiquity, commentators have recognized that Achilles is here describing
the geographical extent of Priam's kingdom. However, although the kingdom of
Priam which Achilles describes overlaps with or abuts multiple ancient regional ...
Lesbos (Greece : Municipality)
Memnon and Mentor of Rhodes in the Troad
This article presents a small hoard group from the Troad which appeared on the London market in February 2016. The hoard group can be dated to the mid-350s when Memnon and Mentor of Rhodes were ruling the Troad on behalf of the Persian authorities. It therefore provides a much-needed fixed point in the chronology of Troad coinages which allows us to re-date a number of other 4th century silver coinages from the Troad to the 350s/340s, thus producing a new picture of the region’s minting activity in this period. The hoard group contains one example of a rare anepigraphic series depicting an archaic cult statue of Athena Ilias on the reverse. This and other numismatic depictions of this cult statue can now be placed in the context of Memnon and Mentor’s rule of the Troad and provide an important precedent for the Hellenistic and Imperial-era koinon of Athena Ilias as an expression of regional identity.
Preliminary Observations on the Archaic Silver Coinage of Lampsakos in its Regional Context