University Reader in Classics; Fellow of Christ's College
Areas of expertise
Forthcoming publications include 'Art and the decadent city', in S. Bartsch et al. (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Nero (CUP); 'Lucan, Statius and the piercing eroticism of war', in L. Fratantuono (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Latin Epic, 14-96 CE, 'The error or Roman aesthetics', in B. Dufallo, Roman Error (OUP), ‘Pater’s Apollo in Picardy: the art of scholarly method', in C. Martindale et al. (eds.) Pater the Classicist (OUP), 'Contraception in the Roman Empire' in C. M. Kelly (ed.) Keith Hopkins: the Pattern of Empire (CUP), ‘Collecting like Caesar: the pornography and paideia of amassing artefacts in the Roman empire and afterwards’, in Collecting and Empires: The Impact of the Creation and Dissolution of Empires on Collections and Museums from Antiquity to the Present, in M. W. Gahtan and E.-M. Troelenberg (edd.) (Brepols), ‘The stuff of crowded sanctuaries’ in M. Haysom, M. Milli and J. Wallensten (edd.) The Stuff of the Gods: the Material Aspects of Religion in Ancient Greece (Swedish Institute Athens), ‘Sexuality’, in C. Norena (ed.) Cultural History of Western Empires in Antiquity (Bloomsbury), ‘Bodily objects’, in R. Osborne (ed.) A Cultural History of Objects in Antiquity (c. 500 BCE-500 CE) (Bloomsbury) and, with Robin Osborne, ‘Art and religion in ancient Greece and Rome’, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Religion.
I am currently on a research leave (part British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship, part sabbatical) writing a monograph entitled, Classical Art: A Life History.
Recent PhD topics include: Representations of the humpback in Greco-Roman culture; Visualising Rome's Foundation myths; Neo-classicism reassessed; Violence in Roman art; The use of corporeal description in Roman political discourse; A cultural history of Roman engraved gemstones, their iconography, material and function; The classical in the contemporary: the relationship of Greco-Roman art and myth to contemporary art in Britain; Modern concepts of heritage and the material culture of ancient Rome.
Recent MPhil areas include: Roman cultural history; Greek and Roman visual culture; reception studies
Other Professional Activities
Editor of Omnibus
2015 Following Hercules: the Story of Classical Art. Fitwilliam Museum (exhibition catalogue)
2013 Sex on Show: Seeing the Erotic in Greece and Rome. British Museum Press and University of California Press
2013 Co-edited with Helen Lovatt, Epic Visions. Cambridge University Press
2012 The Hills of Rome: Signature of an Eternal City. Cambridge University Press
2007 Power and Eroticism in Imperial Rome. Cambridge University Press
2006 Antinous: the Face of the Antique (catalogue to accompany exhibition of ancient sculpture at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 25 May to 27 August 2006)
2015 'Romantic visions: collecting, display and homosexual self-fashioning', in J. Ingleheart (ed.) Ancient Rome and the Construction of Western Homosexual Identities. Oxford University Press: 232-51.
2014 Entries on John Gibsonʼs ʻThe Hours Leading the Horses of the Sunʼ and ʻPhaeton, ʻBruccianiʼs casts of the Parthenon friezeʼ, ʻLaocoon by the Barbedienne Foundryʼ, ʻFrederic Leightonʼs ʻAthlete Wrestling a python", ʻVincenzo Gemitoʼs ʻNarcissus" and ʻTommaso Sauliniʼs ʻPhaeton driving the Horses of the sun", in M. Droth, J. Edwards and M. Hatt (edd.) Sculpture Victorious: Art in the Age of Invention, 1837-1901. New Haven.
2014 ʻThe funerary altar of Pedana and the rhetoric of unreachabilityʼ, in J. Elsner and M. Meyer (edd.) Art and Rhetoric in Roman Culture. Cambridge University Press: 288-315.
2014 'Gender Studies', in C. Marconi (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Architecture. Oxford University Press: 600-20.
2013 'Biography', in T. Hubbard (ed.) A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities. Oxford. 446-62.
2013 'La "nudité héroïque" et le corps de la "femme athlete" dans la culture grecque et romaine', in F. Gherchanoc and V. Huet (edd.) Vêtements antiques: s'habiller, se déshabiller dans les mondes anciens'. Paris, 2013: 239-52.
2013 'Epic in the round', in H. Lovatt and C. Vout (edd.) Epic Visions: Visuality and the Latin Epic and its Reception. Cambridge University Press: 191-217.
2013, 'Face to face with fiction: portraiture and the biographical tradition', in M. Ledbury (ed.) Fictions of Art History. Williamstown, MA: 71-86.
2013 Entries on 'Nudity', 'The seven hills of Rome' and 'Love: (conjugal, filial, romantic)', in R. Bagnall et al. (edd.) Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Oxford, 2013.
2013 'Tiberius and the invention of succession' in A. G. G. Gibson, The Julio-Claudian Succession: Reality and the Perception of the 'Augustan Model'. Leiden: 59-78.
2012 'Treasure, not trash: The Disney sculpture and its place in the history of collecting', Journal of the History of Collections 24.3: 309 – 326.
2012 ''Unfinished business: re-viewing Medea in Roman painting', Ramus 41: 119-143.
2011 'Putting the art into artefact', in S. Alcock and R. Osborne (edd.) Classical Archaeology 442-67.
2010 'From the ancient world to world art', World Art 1.1: 135-41.
2010 'Hadrian, Hellenism and the social history of art', Arion 18.2: 55-78.
2010 'Laocoon's children and the limits of representation', Art History 33.3: 397-419.
2010 'Toga' in S. Settis et al. (edd.) The Classical Tradition: a Guide. Harvard University Press: 938.
2009 'Representing the emperor', in A. Feldherr (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Historians. 261-75.
2009 'The Satyrica and Neronian culture', in J. Prag and I. Repath (edd.) Petronius: a Handbook. Wiley-Blackwell: 101-13.
2008 'The art of damnatio memoriae' in S. Benoist (ed.) Un discours en images. Metz: 153-172.
2007 'Sizing up Rome or theorising the overview', in D. Larmour and D. Spencer (eds.) The Sites of Rome: Time, Space and Memory. Oxford University Press : 295-322.
2007 'Greek and Roman Art', in The Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. New York, Macmillan.
2006 'Winckelmann and Antinous', Cambridge Classical Journal/Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 52: 139-62.
2006 'What's in a beard? Rethinking Hadrian's hellenism', in S. Goldhill and R. Osborne (edd.) Rethinking Revolutions through Ancient Greece. Cambridge University Press: 96-123.
2005 'Antinous, Archaeology and History', Journal of Roman Studies 95 : 80-96.
2004 'A revision of Hadrian's portraiture', in L. du Blois et al. (eds.) The Representation and Perception of Imperial Power. Amsterdam: 442-57.
2003 'Embracing Egypt', in C. Edwards and G. Woolf (eds.) Rome: the Cosmopolis. Cambridge University Press : 177-202.
1996 'The myth of the toga: understanding the history of Roman dress', Greece and Rome 43.2: 204-20.
I have published reviews in Art History, Times Literary Supplement, Journal of Roman Studies, Journal of Hellenic Studies, The Classical Review, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Ancient West and East, Ancient History Bulleting, Perspective, Urban History, The European Review of History, Hermathena, History Today, The Burlington, The Journal of Religious History and Gnomon and written pieces for Apollo, Minerva and the Observer.