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Faculty of Classics



  • Since 2019: PhD Classics, Darwin College, University of Cambridge
  • 2017-2018: MPhil Classics, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge
  • 2016-2017: MA Ancient History, Universität Tübingen (Germany)
  • 2013-2016: BA Latin Literature, Universität Tübingen (Germany)
  • 2012-2015: BA History and Political Science, Universität Tübingen (Germany) and Université d'Aix-Marseille (France)



My PhD project examines the role of private life in Suetonius’ Lives of the Caesars against the background of contemporary political discourse.

Suetonius’ stories about Caesar’s love affairs, Augustus’ dining habits and Tiberius’ drinking excesses have often been said to be nothing but entertaining – and yet just like today’s gossip columns, they convey ideas of what an emperor was like and what he should be like. By pursuing these connections and ideas, my aim is a) to challenge the assumption that Suetonius is not interested in politics and b) to explore the role of the emperor’s private life in the political communication of Imperial Rome.


Broader academic interests:

  • Historiography and biography
  • Interactions of literature and history
  • Political culture of Ancient Rome
  • Intellectual history and the history of mentalities

Teaching and Supervisions


I teach Latin language and reading classes as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Faculty of Classics. For colleges, I supervise students in Latin literature and Roman history, e.g. on the second-year course 'Writing Nero'. I also give lectures to school children within the University's Outreach Programme.

Supervisor: Prof. Christopher Whitton
College: Darwin College
Thesis: Beyond Gossip. Suetonius and the Politics of Private Life in Imperial Rome
 Jannis Frederik Koltermann

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Latest news

Regius Professorship of Greek

16 January 2023

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Tim Whitmarsh FBA has been elected Regius Professor of Greek from 1 April 2023. He is currently the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the University. Looking ahead to his new role, Professor Whitmarsh commented: ’I am thrilled and honoured to be taking up this...

Mary Beard receives THE Outstanding Achievement Award

18 November 2022

Professor Mary Beard received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards . The citation hailed how she had “broken through the ivory tower’s walls and brought her unique enthusiasm for her subject – and crucially, what it can teach us about contemporary life and politics – to the world”...

University Assistant Professorship in Classics

15 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Classics (Ancient Greek History and/or Archaeology) from 1 September 2023. The role is open to those, at any stage in their career, with a primary research interest in Archaic/Classical/Hellenistic Greek History and/or Archaeology. We welcome...

Brian Leech Memorial Fund

10 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is delighted to announce the establishment of the Brian Leech Memorial Fund. The Fund comes about thanks to a generous donation by Emma Gleave, and is made in memory of her late father, Brian Leech. Brian Leech had a long and successful career as both barrister and judge. He also greatly enjoyed classical studies – with a life-long passion for ancient Greek and Latin languages.