Department of Humanities

Visiting address
214 Howard Building, Digby Stuart College

Phone: +44 (0) 20 8392 7337


BA(Hons), MA, PhD Bristol

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


I joined the Department of Humanities at Roehampton in December 2017. Prior to this, I lectured in Roman history and Latin at the University of Queensland, Australia (2015-17) and the University of Manchester (2013-15). My research interests include the role of Roman emperors in the classical tradition, Roman religions, and imperial historiography. In particular, I have worked extensively on the Emperor Nero’s portrayal in Christian history as the Antichrist, and have published on portrayals of Roman emperors in the works and letters of Oscar Wilde.

I am also co-author of a series for the online media outlet The Conversation, entitled ‘Mythbusting Ancient Rome’, and have twice appeared on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s national radio programme Conversations with Richard Fidler. I have twice contributed to BBC Radio programmes on ancient Roman topics: BBC Radio 3's Sunday Feature: The Deluxe Edition, and BBC Radio 4's In Our Time: Nero.


Autumn 2019/20

LCL020C110Y - Latin for Beginners

CAH020N210Y - Intermediate Latin

CAH020N305A - Latin: Special Author

CAH020C102A - Rome: Epic and Empire

CAH020X309A - Nero: The Emperor and his Legacy


Spring 2019/20

Research Leave


Research projects

Conference: ‘The Once and Future Kings: Roman Emperors and Western Political Culture from Antiquity to the Present.’ Held at the University of Queensland on 5-7 July, 2017. Keynote speakers: Prof. Rhiannon Ash (Oxford), Dr Penny Goodman (Leeds), and Prof. David Scourfield (Maynooth). 

Research outputs

  1. Decadence and Roman Historiography

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Cucuta ab rationibus Neronis Augusti: A Joke at Nero’s Expense?

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. The Criminal Emperors of Ancient Rome and Oscar Wilde's "True Historical Sense"

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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