My research focuses on the role played by military veterans, particularly those belonging to Julius Caesar, during the tumultuous Late Roman Republic. Modern scholarship frequently acknowledges the prominence of such a collective, but rarely discusses in adequate detail the power and influence that they came to possess. It is my aim to demonstrate this and show how Caesar's veterans became a respected force in Late Republican society, often influencing political rhetoric and action as various leaders vied for their support. By detailing their interactions with politicians and wider society, the portrayal and wider reputation of the Roman veteran can be greater understood.
Aside from my focus on the Late Roman Republic, I am interested in wider depictions of military veterans and their socio-political relationships throughout ancient history. I also believe that we can better understand modern veterans by researching the important role played by their ancient counterparts, either by drawing direct comparisons or generally reflecting on the historical evolution of the military veteran.