I began my studies by reading for an undergraduate degree in History and a Master's degree in Classics at the University of Manchester. I then moved to the University of Liverpool, where I completed a PhD on the topic of Herodotean intertextuality under the supervision of Professor Tom Harrison and Professor Graham Oliver. Since then I have held two temporary teaching positions: first, as the J. P. Postgate University Teacher in Classics at the University of Liverpool; and secondly, as a Teaching Fellow in Ancient History at the University of Leicester. I joined the Open University as Lecturer in Classical Studies in January 2017.
My research centres on ancient Greek historiography and its contexts, ancient Greek divination, as well as the reception of the Trojan War tradition in antiquity and beyond. At present, I am putting the finishing touches to a revised version of my PhD thesis, Intertext and Allusion in Herodotus' Histories: Authority, Proof, Polemic (Univ. of Liverpool, 2013). The research identifies considerable connections between Herodotus' work and other textual sources (oracles, prose writers, epic poetry, etc.). In unearthing this extensive engagement with a wide range of texts in the Histories, my research challenges current perceptions of Herodotus as an historian reliant predominantly on oral sources.
Alongside this work on Herodotus, I have recently published a co-authored book with Dr Naoíse Mac Sweeney (University of Leicester), entitled Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War: Dialogues on Tradition. Our dialogical study explores the varied responses to Homer's version of the Trojan War in both ancient and modern media, from Attic pottery to the Elizabethan stage to Hollywood cinema. The book ultimately charts a complex, pluriform engagement with Homer's work, which many have engaged with both for its historical and literary merits.
In addition to these two projects, my current research is centred on the role of religious narratives (and in particular, divination stories) in other areas of Greek historiography. Indeed, one article I have published concerns the role of the divine in terms of explaining Xenophon's successful retreat back to Greece from Asia Minor in the Anabasis. I am now looking to build on this work by exploring more fully Xenophon's sophisticated portrait of piety and good or bad leadership in his work. Moreover, I ahve recently hosted a research workshop with Professor Thomas Harrison (University of St Andrews) that brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars in order to explore anew the role of reilgious narratives in Thucydides' History; we now plan to publish the papers from this workshop.
Forthcoming: Herodotus and his Sources
2019: The Power of Individual and Community in Ancient Athens and Beyond (The Classical Press of Wales): http://www.classicalpressofwales.co.uk/Power%20of%20Individiual.htm
2018: Homer's Iliad and the Trojan War: Dialogues on Tradition (Bloomsbury) : https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/homers-iliad-and-the-trojan-war-9781350012684
Forthcoming: 'Inscriptions as evidence in Xenophon'
Forthcoming: 'Alice Oswald's Memorial, a new Iliad', in M de Fátima Silva and D. Bouvier (eds.) Summarising the Classics (Brepols).
Forthcoming: 'Herodotus' most-Homeric Histories', in I. Matijasic (ed.) Homer and Herodotus (OUP).
Forthcoming: Entries for the new Wiley Herodotus Encyclopedia (including 'Reception of Herodotus: Ancient Greece and Rome', 'Lade' and 'Icthyophagoi').
2019: ‘From Croesus to Pausanias: Tragic Individuals in Early Greek Historiography’, in Z. Archibald and J. Haywood (eds.) The Power of Individual and Community in Ancient Athens and Beyond. Essays in Honour of Professor J. K. Davies (The Classical Press of Wales).
2017: ‘Character and motivation in Aeschylus’ Persae’, Syllecta Classica 27: 29-63.
2016: ‘Divine narratives in Xenophon’s Anabasis’, Histos 10: 85-110.
2016: Review of E. Bridges, Imagining Xerxes: Ancient Perspectives on a Persian King, in Journal of Hellenic Studies 136. Read this here.
2016: Review of V. Zali, The shape of Herodotean rhetoric: a study of the speeches in Herodotus' Histories with special attention to books 5-9. in Journal of Hellenic Studies 136. Read this here.
2014: Review of I. Torrance, Metapoetry in Euripides, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Read this online.
2012: Review of A. Hollmann, The Master of Signs: Signs and the Interpretation of Signs in Herodotus' Histories, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Read this online.
Practitioniers' Voices in Classical Reception Studies interviews with Kimberley Sykes, Director of Dido, Queen of Carthage (RSC, 2017), and Chipo Chung, Dido in Dido, Queen of Carthage (RSC, 2017): http://www.open.ac.uk/arts/research/pvcrs/2019.
The Conversation articles on Troy: Myth and Reality exhibition at the British Museum (2019): https://theconversation.com/from-the-iliad-to-circe-cultures-enduring-fascination-with-the-myths-of-troy-127405 and on Helen of Troy (2016): https://theconversation.com/was-helen-really-to-blame-for-the-trojan-war-or-just-a-scapegoat-64456.
I am the author for the classical Greece materials for Exploring the Classical World (A229), the remake of our gateway Level 2 Classical Studies module, which is currently in its second presentation. I am also on the module team for Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds (A330). In the past, I have taught a wide suite of modules that touch on multiple aspects of Classical Studies, notably Greek and Roman history.
I am Reviews Editor for The Journal of Hellenic Studies, a position that I share with Dr Fiona Hobden (University of Liverpool).