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Research overview

The majority of my research focuses on the Latin Literature and Roman history, from the Late Republic (i.e. from Cicero) through to Late Antiquity (i.e. to the mid fifth century). This is, of course, a huge field, and my own particular interests are in panegyrical discourse (i.e. praise) throughout that period. A specific area of interest of mine is the XII Panegyrici Latin collection.

Occasional diversions have included writing a source/evaluation book on the Tetrarchic period and editing a collection of articles on the reception and representation of classical material in the poetry of Ted Hughes.

Research interests

The bulk of my research would reasonably be termed 'literary critical', although there have been occasional departures (into art, history and law). Latin texts are my staple material, particularly those of the 4th century.

My current focus is a commentary on the panegyric of Pacatus, addressed to the emperor Theodosius in 389CE. This research is part of the Panegyrici Latini project, a collaborative enterprise with Professor Bruce Gibson of Liverpool University.

Future research

The Panegyrici Latini collaborative project will take some years to complete, as it intends to cover all twelve speeches in the collection of that name. It will result in hard-copy commentaries (i.e. books!) My book on speech II(12) will be out in 2023; I have begun work on XII(9) with  Jan Willem Drijvers (Groningen).

I am writing a biography of the emperor Diocletian.


Industrial relevance

Political praise is of direct relevance to governments, though they tend to deny it

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Award Date: 15 Aug 1997

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 16 Jun 1990


  • PA Classical philology
  • panegyric
  • praise


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