Honorary Research Fellow 2013-14
Research interests: I specialise in Roman literature and culture in 1st centuries BC and AD, with particular attention to the Augustan and Neronian periods. My major publications have so far focused around Ovid, Manilius, Roman didactic poetry, and the interaction between Roman literature and religious experience.
For 2013-14, I am completing a major monograph on changing discourses of Roman astrology in Latin literature from Cicero to Manilius, which will be published with OUP in 2014. I will also be writing short pieces on witchcraft in Horace, leadership in Virgil’s Aeneid, and the legacy of Augustus in the early Neronian period. Beyond this, I plan to work on Grattius’ poem on hunting with dogs, and its place in both the Roman cultural and Greco-Roman literary contexts.
I have taught Classics in many different universities – in Ireland (NUI Maynooth and Cork), Scotland (Glasgow and St. Andrews) and England (Manchester and Keele) – and my most substantive post was at the University of Leeds from 2004-13 (Senior Lecturer from 2008; Head of Department 2010-13).
- (2004) Ovid Fasti 1: A Commentary, Leiden
- (2006; co-edited with R.K. Gibson and A.R. Sharrock), The Art of Love: Bimillennial Essays on Ovid’s Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris, Oxford
- (2011; co-edited with K. Volk), Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius’ Astronomica, Oxford
- (2013; co-edited with P.J. Goodman), Animating Antiquity: Harryhausen and the Classical Tradition (special volume of New Voices in Classical Reception Studies)
Articles/ Book Contributions
- (2013; in press) “Perseus on the Psychiatrist’s Couch in Leterrier’s Clash of the Titans (2010): Harryhausen Reloaded for 21st Century”, in P.J. Goodman and S.J. Green (eds.), Animating Antiquity: Harryhausen and the Classical Tradition (New Voices in Classical Reception Studies)
- (2011) “Arduum ad astra: The Politics and Poetics of Horoscopic Failure in Manilius’ Astronomica”, in S.J. Green and K. Volk (eds.), Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius’ Astronomica, Oxford: 120-38
- (2010) “(No) Arms and a Man: The Imperial Pretender, the Opportunistic Poet, and the Laus Pisonis”, CQ 60: 497-523
- (2010) “Undeifying Tiberius: A Reconsideration of Seneca, Apocolocyntosis 1.2”, CQ 60: 274-6
- (2009) “The Horse and the Serpent: A Vergilian Perspective on the Final Eclogue of Calpurnius Siculus”, Vergilius 55: 55-67
- (2009) “Malevolent Gods and Promethean Birds: Contesting Augury in Augustus’ Rome”, TAPA 139: 147-67
- (2008) “The Expert, the Novice and the Exile: A Narrative Tale of Three Ovids in Fasti”, in G. Liveley and P. Salzman-Mitchell (eds.), Latin Elegy and Narratology: Fragments of Story, Ohio: 180-95
- (2008) “Save the Cows? Augustan Discourse and Animal Sacrifice in Ovid’s Fasti”, G&R 55: 39-54
- (2006) “Lessons in Love: Fifty Years of Scholarship on Ovid’s Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris”, in R.K. Gibson, S.J. Green and A.R. Sharrock (eds.), The Art of Love: Bimillennial Essays on Ovid’s Ars Amatoria and Remedia Amoris, Oxford: 1-20
- (2004) “Contextualisation and Textual Criticism: Making Sense of Character in Propertius IV.4 and Ovid, Heroides 1”, CW 97: 363-72
- (2004) “Playing with Marble: The Monuments of the Caesars in Ovid’s Fasti”, CQ 54: 224-39
- (2003) “Collapsing Authority and ‘Arachnean’ Gods in Ovid’s Baucis and Philemon (Met. 8.611-724)”, Ramus 32: 39-56
- (2001) "Docens Poeta: Development of the Interviewer’s Skills in Ovid’s Fasti”, Latomus 60: 603-12
- (2000) “Multiple Interpretation of the Opening and Closing of the Temple of Janus: A Misunderstanding of Ovid, Fasti I.281”, Mnemosyne 53: 302-9
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