Department of Humanities

Visiting address
208 Howard, Digby Stuart
Contact

Phone: +44 (0)20 8392 5790

Qualifications

BA (hons, 1st), MA (Dist.), Phd (Lond.)

Research interests

My research focuses on Cicero, Roman Oratory, and Roman Republican history, as well as the theory and practice of rhetoric more generally. My book Cicero: Politics and Persuasion in Ancient Rome (Continuum, 2011; reprinted by Bloomsbury, 2013) explores the political and oratorical career of Rome’s foremost advocate. I have also co-edited a book on Hellenistic Oratory: Continuity and Change with Christos Kremmydas (Oxford University Press, 2013) revealing the dynamic character of oratory in the Hellenistic period. More recently, I have written a biography of Caesar's famous assassin: Brutus: The Noble Conspirator (Yale University Press, 2017). But it does not just tell the story of his life; it also examines how that story was transmitted and interpreted from antiquity to today (you can read reviews online at BMCR and History Today). I am currently completing work on the pseudepigrapha of M. Iunius Brutus and Mithridates; this project has received generous funding from the Leverhulme Trust and the International Society for the History of Rhetoric.

 

Cicero

    Brutus    Hellenistic Oratory

 

Teaching

I have over fifteen years' teaching and examining experience in the fields of Latin language, Latin literature and Roman history from introductory lecture courses to postgraduate seminars. At undergraduate level I teach general courses on Latin language and literature, as well as more specialised options such as Vergil's Aeneid, and Cicero and Rome in the Late Republic. I welcome informal enquiries from postgraduate students who are interested in undertaking research for our MRes or PhD courses on any aspect of the literature and/or politics of the late republic and early imperial periods.

Professional affiliations

  • Vice President of The Classical Association 
  • Vice President of the Association of Latin Teachers
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Roman Society 
  • Member of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
  • Member of the Society for Classical Studies

Research outputs

  1. Classics and Twenty-First Century Skills

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Brutus: The Noble Conspirator

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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