Personal Biography

I have been a fellow at Corpus since 1987 and was tutor in Latin 1987-2020.  Previously I was a post-doc (JRF) at St John’s College, Oxford, and a junior lecturer at Magdalen. But I have also been a visiting lecturer on six continents, make regular academic visits to Italy and Greece, and worked for some years on collaborative Latin commentary projects in the Netherlands and Germany; I am an occasional visiting professor at the University of Stellenbosch and have been a visiting professor/fellow at/in Stanford, IAS Princeton, SNS Pisa, Rome (La Sapienza), Siena, Bergen, Copenhagen, Trondheim, Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem and the Universities of Canterbury and Otago in New Zealand.


My main research interests are in Latin literature and its reception, particularly Augustan poetry (esp. Vergil and Horace), the Roman novel (esp. Apuleius) and neo-Latin (esp. the great 16C Scottish neo-Latin poet George Buchanan). I am happy to supervise doctoral students in all these fields.

Recent Publications

My commentary on Horace Odes 2 appeared with CUP in 2017, along with a book for Bloomsbury on the reception of Horace in 19C UK (Victorian Horace; Classics and Class); recent co-edited volumes include Intratextuality and Latin Literature (De Gruyter, 2018), Roman Receptions of Sappho (OUP, 2019), and Seamus Heaney and the Classics: Bann Valley Muses (OUP, 2019).  I am currently finalising a monograph on the reception of Apuleius' story of Cupid and Psyche with Regine May, a follow-up to our co-edited volume Cupid and Psyche: The Reception of Apuleius’ Love Story since 1600 (De Gruyter, 2020), editing various neo-Latin texts, and collaborating on a classical reception commentary on First World War poets in English. For a full publication list see here.