I am a Senior Lecturer in Classical Studies, and I joined the Open University in September 2011. After an undergraduate degree in Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Birmingham, I studied for my MA and PhD at the University of Bristol, where I developed my research interests in classical reception studies. I joined the OU from the University of Liverpool, where I was a Lecturer in Classical Studies (2006-2009), and then the J.P. Postgate Early Career Fellow in Classics (2009-2011).
My research is concerned with the many different ways in which the modern world receives, engages with, and uses the classical past. I am particularly interested in cinematic receptions of antiquity, and have published articles on films such as Fellini-Satyricon, Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Mépris, Oliver Stone’s Alexander, Agora, and the 1954 Ulisse. My monograph on Film and the Classical Epic Tradition was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.
I am also fascinated by the many other ways in which people might access the classical world, both today and in recent history, whether through historical novels, tourism and museum visits, educational contexts, or any number of other popular engagements with antiquity. I have collaborated with Dr Shelley Hales (University of Bristol) on a project that explores receptions of Pompeii; our co-edited volume, Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today, was published by Oxford University Press, and I continue to work on a variety of aspects of Pompeian receptions in the contemporary world. I have also been pursuing interests in children's literature, and pedagogy; recent articles in this area include explorations of classical reception in the Cambridge Latin Course, the novels of E. Nesbit, and the Percy Jackson series of books and films. Future projects, currently in development, will build on my work on cinematic receptions of antiquity by examining the relationship between photography – particularly art photography – and antiquity.
‘The Half-Blood Hero: Percy Jackson and Mythmaking in the Twenty-First Century’ in H. Hoyle and V. Zajko (eds.), A Handbook to the Reception of Classical Mythology (Malden, MA 2017: Wiley-Blackwell), 231-242.
‘‘Time is only a mode of thought, you know’: Ancient History, Empire, and Imagination in E. Nesbit’s Stories for Children’ in L. Maurice (ed.), Eagles and Heroes: The Reception of Ancient Greece and Rome in Children’s Literature (Leiden and Boston 2015: Brill), 30-55
‘Subverting sex and love in Alejandro Amenabar's Agora’ in M. Cyrino (ed.) Screening Love and Sex in the Ancient World (New York 2013: Palgrave Macmillan), 227-41
Film and the Classical Epic Tradition (Oxford 2013: Oxford University Press)
‘Madonna and Whore: The Many Faces of Penelope in Ulisse’ in K. Nikoloutsos (ed.), Ancient Greek Women in Film (Oxford 2013: Oxford University Press), 139-61
‘The Democratic Turn in (and through) pedagogy: a case study of the Cambridge Latin Course’, in L. Hardwick and S. Harrison (eds.), Classics in the Modern World: A ‘Democratic Turn?’ (Oxford 2013: Oxford University Press),143-56
S. Hales and J. Paul (eds.), Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today (Oxford 2011: Oxford University Press)
‘Pompeii, the Holocaust, and World War Two’ in S. Hales and J. Paul (eds.), Pompeii in the Public Imagination from its Rediscovery to Today (Oxford 2011: Oxford University Press), 340-55
‘Cinematic Receptions of Antiquity: The Current State of Play’, Classical Receptions Journal 2:1 (2010), 136-155
I am experienced in teaching a wide variety of subjects, including classical reception topics, Latin literature, visual culture, and Roman history. I am currently chair of Classical Latin: the Language of Ancient Rome (A276), and of the Part 1 module of our MA in Classical Studies (A863). I have also contributed to our Roman Empire module (A340), and our new Level 2 module, Exploring the Classical World (A229). I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I am the co-convener of the Classical Reception Studies Network, and the co-editor of the Reception subject reviews for the journal Greece and Rome.