Assistant Professor of Classical Studies
- Title Assistant Professor of Classical Studies
- Office STH 416. Office Hours Spring 2019: Monday 12.30-2, Tuesday 3.30-4.30, Wednesday 12.30-2., or by appointment
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone 617-358-4317
- Education Ph.D., Classics, University of Southern California, 2017
MA, Classics, University of Southern California, 2014
BA, Literae Humaniores, Oxford University, 2011
Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, I received my BA in Literae Humaniores from Oxford University, and my Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. My area of specialty is the literature and culture of the late Republic, with a particular interest in Roman intellectual life. In my most recent work, I study the fragments of early Latin poets (such as Ennius, Accius, Pacuvius) which are preserved for us to read only because they were quoted by later Roman writers, such as Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BCE). I’m interested in how Roman intellectuals and writers of the late 1st century BCE, such as Cicero, used the poetry of the previous century to persuade, to politicize, to make ethical arguments, to work out linguistic problems, to express scientific theories, and to recover lost knowledge of Roman history. I study how literary fragments are made, and the processes of knowledge transmission. I’m also interested in how two forms which are traditionally studied separately — poetry and prose — interact, and enrich one another. Additionally, I’m interested in citationality and the history of quotation. In a future project, I plan to study the Latin fragments of the Republican historians, poets, and philologists in order to write a cultural and intellectual history of 2nd century BCE Rome, a period that has been neglected because of the fragmentary state of our evidence. More generally, I enjoy reading and teaching the works of Cicero.
I believe that academics should be a part of the project that is the internet – to get a sense of my vision of how this might work, read: Twitter for Classicists. I co-authored a how-to guide for live-tweeting academic conferences on the SCS blog, and also run the Classics and Social Justice blog and Twitter.