I completed my DPhil in 2015. Before coming to Oxford in 2012, I was educated at the University of Queensland, where I received my BA (2004-2008) and MPhil (2008-2010). Since 2015 I have been the Lecturer in Ancient History at St Benet’s Hall.
My research interests are diverse, although I work mainly on the history and historiography of the Roman Empire (1st to 3rd centuries A.D.). I am particularly interested in the works of Cassius Dio, Dexippus, and Appian, and the reception of Dio in 11th and 12th century Byzantium. My primary research project at the moment is a commentary on Cassius Dio 57-58, which is under contract with OUP.
Cassius Dio, Imperial Greek Historiography, Roman Political History, Tiberius (emperor), Third Century Crisis, Byzantine Historiography.
I teach most of the Roman History options for Greats (RH5, RH6, Nero to Hadrian, Religions of the Roman Empire). For Mods, I teach Cicero and Catiline, Tacitus and Tiberius, Aristophanes’ Political Comedy, and Texts and Contexts.
The Historian John Zonaras: Some Observations on his Sources and Methods
Les historiens grecs et romains: entre sources et modèles
Zonaras, Josephus, Cassius Dio, Byzantine Historiography, Ancient HIstoriography
Tiberius the Goat: an addition to Champlin's Mallonia
Tiberius, Suetonius, Roman Historiography, Aristophanes
THE SPECTRE OF ALEXANDER: CASSIUS DIO AND THE ALEXANDER-MOTIF
Greece and Rome
<jats:p>In the opinion of Cassius Dio, Septimius Severus' capture of Nisibis and annexation of the province of Mesopotamia were not among the emperor's more worthwhile ventures. The costs were great and the yields slight. Our knowledge of the campaign is sketchy, although we do have a narrative outline supplied by Dio's eleventh-century epitomator, John Xiphilinus. Xiphilinus preserves the following anecdote, which takes place after Severus and his army had crossed the Euphrates and were starting to feel the effects of thirst and heat. The epitomator says:<jats:disp-quote><jats:p>κεκμηκόσι γὰρ αὐτοῖς ἐκ τῆς πορείας καὶ τοῦ ἡλίου καὶ κονιορτὸς ἐμπίπτων ἰσχυρῶς ἐλύπησεν, ὥστε μήτε βαδίζειν μήτε λαλεῖν ἔτι δύνασθαι, τοῦτο δὲ μόνον ϕθέγγεσθαι, ‘ὕδωρ ὕδωρ’. ἐπεὶ δὲ ἀνεϕάνη μὲν ἰκμάς, ἐξ ἴσου δὲ τῷ μὴ εὑρεθέντι ἀρχὴν ὑπὸ ἀτοπίας ἦν, ὁ Σεουῆρος κύλικά τε ᾔτησε καὶ τοῦ ὕδατος πληρώσας ἁπάντων ὁρώντων ἐξέπιε.</jats:p><jats:attrib>(Dio Cass. 75.2.2 [Xiph.])</jats:attrib></jats:disp-quote><jats:disp-quote><jats:p>For when they were already wearied by their march and the hot sun, they encountered a dust-storm that caused them great distress, so that they could no longer march or even talk, but only cry, ‘Water, Water’. And when some little vapour did appear, on account of its strangeness it meant no more to them than if it had not been found at all, until Severus called for a cup, and filling it with the water, drank it in full view of all.</jats:p></jats:disp-quote></jats:p>
A Turkish Alexander? Michael Attaleiates, Porus, and Alexander the Great
Histos: The On-line Journal of Ancient Historiography