I’m a classicist who works primarily on the secular prose literature of the fourth century AD. I’ve previously held research and teaching posts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa; University College Dublin, Ireland; and the University of Southampton, UK.


DPhil, Classics. University of Oxford (2011)

MSt, Classical Languages and Literature. University of Oxford (2006)

BA, Classics. University College London (2005)

Other Publications


2018. Imagining Emperors in the Later Roman Empire. Brill (co-edited with Diederik W.P. Burgersdijk)

2016. Ammianus’ Julian: Narrative and Genre in the Res Gestae (OUP, Oxford Classical Monographs). Reviews: Acta Classica 59 (D. Woods); Classical Review 68 (S. Tougher) H-Net Reviews 2016 (U. Lambrecht); Religious Studies Review 43.4 (D. Greenwood).


Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters

2018. ‘The Constantinians’ Return to the West: Julian’s Depiction of Constantius II in Oration 1′ in Imagining Emperors in the Later Roman Empire, eds. D.W.P. Burgersdijk and A.J. Ross. Brill. pp.183-203.

2018. (with D.W.P. Burgersdijk) ‘Introduction’, in Imagining Emperors in the Later Roman Empire, eds. D.W.P. Burgersdijk and A.J. Ross. Brill. pp.1-17.

2018. ‘Ammianus and the written past’, In Les historiens grecs et romains: entre sources et modèles eds. O. Devilliers and B.B. Sebastiani. Ausonius Éditions, Bordeaux. Pp. 325-340.

2017. ‘Authority and Participation in Procopius’ Wars’, In Procopius: Historical and Literary Approaches, eds., C. Lillington-Martin and E. Turquois. London: Routledge. Pp. 73-90.

2016. ‘Libanius the Historian? Praise and the Presentation of the Past in Or. 59’. Greek Roman and Byzantine Studies 56: 293-320.

2015‘Ammianus, Traditions of Satire and the Eternity of Rome’, Classical Journal 110: 356–373.

2015. ‘Ammianus 15.5.22 & Eutropius 10.16.1, an Allusion’, Classical Quarterly 65: 424–427. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0009838814000731

2015. ‘Syene as “Face of Battle”: Heliodorus and Late Antique Historiography’, Ancient Narrative 12: 1–26.

2014. ‘Constantius and the Sieges of Amida and Nisibis: Ammianus’ Relationship with Julian’s Panegyrics’, Acta Classica 57: 127–154.

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