I have been a tutorial fellow at St John's College, Oxford, and a university lecturer at the same university since 1978.
I have a wide range of research interests within Ancient Greek literature which are reflected by my main publications. I am particularly interested in Homer and early epic poetry (Epicorum Graecorum Fragmenta (1988), The Epic Cycle (1989); in Greek lyric poetry (Poetarum Melicorum Fragmenta (1991)); and in Greek Tragedy (Sophocles Trachiniae (1991). I have also collaborated with J. Kathirithamby to produce Greek Insects (1986) and am interested in the influence of Greek Tragedy upon such nineteenth and twentieth century opera composers as Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss (The three Electras: Sophocles, Hofmannsthal, Strauss and the tragic vision (1995).
I have recently celebrated the 450th anniversary of my college with the entertaining discourse Housman and Murray: a syncrisis (delivered in 2005, published in 2006) and will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the latter's death in Murray and Housman, a contribution to Celebrating Gilbert Murray (2007). A soon to appear article is entitled Thirsty work for Hercules and studying the folk-tale influences behind Propertius 4.9.
During my four years leave from teaching, I will be completing two further volumes in connection with my new edition of the Greek lyric poets (PMGF). I am also finalising, in collaboration with Patrick Finglass a commentary on the fragments of Stesichorus and- a project sponsored by the Center for Hellenic Studies at Washington D.C.- revising and publishing commentaries on the fragments of Greek epic and a revised version of his edition of early Greek epic fragments.
Greek poetry, especially Homer and Lyric.
A commentary on the fragments in 'Poetarum Melicorum Graecorum Fragmenta' vol. iv