I studied at Balliol College, Oxford (1986-91), at St Hugh’s College, Oxford (1991-93), and as a visiting student at the University of Pisa in 1992. I taught Classics and Ancient History at Exeter University (1993-97) and have been at St Anne’s since then.
I have broad interests in Roman culture and tend to work on the borders of Latin literature and Roman history. I am currently working on Roman declamation and hope to produce a commentary on Book 1 of Seneca's Controversiae. My interests in comedy and curiosity have also combined in a project on classical reception in 18th century drama and freemasonry. My forthcoming 'Three Masonic Comedies' translates plays by Clément, Goldoni, Griselini, and shows how they relate to the craze for freemasonry as a modern mystery cult in the early and mid-18th century.
Vergil’s Second Eclogue and the Class Struggle
Lucan’s Caesar and Laelius
Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin Poetry
It is the premise of this volume that the contexts of composition, performance, and reception play a critical role in constructing poetic voices as either politically favorable or dissenting, and however much the individual scholars in this ...
Food in Latin Literature
A Companion to Food in the Ancient World
A Companion to Food in the Ancient World presents a comprehensive overview of the cultural aspects relating to the production, preparation, and consumption of food and drink in antiquity.