Research Fellow, St John's College
Latin Literature, esp. literature of the Augustan age
Interactions between literature and history
Literary theory, political philosophy and intellectual history applied to the Classical World
Classical Reception, Comparative literature
My doctoral and postdoctoral research focusses on the ideological writing and rewriting of history in the Augustan literary texts. My PhD thesis (The Enemy on Stage: Augustan Revisionism and the Punic Wars in Virgil's Aeneid), which I am currently writing as a monograph, treats the construction of the Carthaginian Enemy from early Latin literature into the Augustan age and the conjunction of Punic and Civil wars in Virgil’s Aeneid. My postdoctoral research project, currently entitled The Great Unmentioned in Augustan Poetry, is an investigation of historical characters and events whose unexpected absence from the Augustan texts is always ascribable, according to the cases, to conscious or subconscious forms of censorship and repression.
“My Enemy’s Enemy is my Enemy: Virgil’s illogical use of Metus Hostilis,” in P. Hardie (ed.) (2016) Augustan Poetry and the Irrational, Oxford UP.
“Dithyrambic Iambics: Epode 9 and its General(s’) Confusion,” in P. Bather and C. Stocks (eds.) (2016) Horace Epodes: Literary Traditions and Contexts, Oxford UP.
“Caesar Criss-Crossing the Rubicon: a Palindromic Acrostic in Lucan (BC 1.218-22),” in The Classical Quarterly, expected 2016. Published online on 22/05/2015:
“Once more unto the breach: Virgil’s Arae and the Treaty of Philinus,” in Studi Italiani di Filologia Classica 107.1 (2014), 61-79.
“Virgil’s Carthaginians at Aen. 1.430-6: Cyclopes in Bees’ Clothing,” in The Cambridge Classical Journal 60 (2014), 37-58.
Review of N. Horsfall, Virgil Aeneid 6, A Commentary (Berlin 2013), in The Journal of Roman Studies 105 (2015), 432-34.
Review of J. Godwin, Ovid Metamorphoses III An Extract: 511-733 (London and New York 2014), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.08.06: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2014/2014-08-06.html
“Virgil’s Carthage: a Heterotopic Space of Empire,” in M. Asper and V. Rimell (eds.) Imagining Spaces of Empire in Hellenistic Greek and Roman Literature, Universitätsverlag Winter Heidelberg