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Faculty of Classics



Specialising in Greek literature from the imperial period and late antiquity as well as the interpretative traditions of these eras, I am currently finishing a book on Heliodorus’s Aethiopica, a virtuosic novel from the fourth century C.E. Bridging the gap between formal analysis and discursive approaches to literature, my study seeks to understand the Aethiopica’s responsivity to contrasting interpretative strategies in relation to the methods of contemporary reading communities such as Platonists, ‘sophists,’ and Christians.

My next project investigates how the literary production of late antiquity responds to the increasing popularity of allegorical interpretation in this transformative era. Moreover, I am preparing a conference on the role of allegory in the visual, religious, and literary cultures of late antiquity. Finally, I am working on a collaborative commentary on the forgotten Christian sequel to a ‘pagan’ Greek novel and the Byzantine afterlife of this innovative hagiographical work.

Junior Research Fellow, St John's College
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Latest news

James Warren begins his term as Chair of the Faculty Board

12 January 2022

James Warren, Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Fellow of Corpus Christi College took over as Chair of the Faculty Board on 1 January 2022.

New Year's Honours 2022: James Diggle CBE

1 January 2022

The Faculty is delighted to report that Emeritus Professor James Diggle has been awarded a CBE for his services to Classical Scholarship in the 2022 New Year's Honours List. James was Professor of Greek and Latin from 1995 until he retired in 2011 and is a Fellow of the British Academy as well as Life Fellow at Queens'...

University Assistant Professorships in Classics

3 December 2021

The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint three University Assistant Professorships. Applications are invited from those whose research falls into the areas of Greek and Roman philosophy, Greek and Roman history, Greek art and archaeology, and Greek literature. For further details please see the HR Division website ...

Aldborough Roman Town

24 November 2021

Watch a new film about Aldborough Roman Town , exploring its archaeological story. Created by Dr Rose Ferraby, it celebrates new understandings of the site from the Aldborough Roman Town Project .