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Dr Stephen Blair

Stephen joined UCL in 2020 as a Research Fellow working on the ERC-funded project ‘Ordering, Constructing, Empowering: Fragments of the Roman Republican Antiquarians’ (FRRAnt). His research centers on the fragmentary remains of the earliest phase of Roman historical literature, when Roman writers first began constructing and elaborating a literary vision of the past through prose, epic and drama. His current monograph project is a thematic study of the methods and interests of Republican ab urbe condita historians, whose choice of a narrative form stretching from the earliest traditions to the authors’ own day enabled them to negotiate ruptures and continuities between a malleable antiquity and a changing present.

Publications

  • S. Blair, ‘The beast in his den: The domus Flavia and the rhetoric of enclosure in Pliny’s Panegyricus’, Maia 71 (2/2019).
  • S. Blair, ‘Like father, like son: Accius’ Aeneadae and the Latin past’, in L. Austa (ed.), Frammenti sulla scena: Studi sul dramma antico, Turin 2018.

Other projects

Stephen has also written on ancient and modern statue removal for Eidolon (2017) and on living alone in the wilderness for the Pandemic Post (2020).

Research interests

Roman Republican historiography, antiquarian literature, historical epic, Augustan poetry, conceptions of the past, pastoral, Classical receptions.