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