I am a leading researcher in the study of ancient warfare whose work is highly regarded both internationally and nationally. The author of several books and numerous articles on this topic, in 2015 I was awarded the title of Honorary Associate by Macquarie University in recognition of my position as a leading professional with expertise in my field and for my ‘demonstrated commitment to excellence, education, and research’. My research has made a significant contribution to my field by transforming the way in which my main area of research (the mechanics of ancient warfare) is examined, understood and taught.
My work has additionally formed the basis of two documentaries (the eight hour Australian documentary series The First War for the West, and an episode on the ancient Spartans for the UK documentary series Ancient Black Ops) and radio interviews, and has resulted in me acting as a historical and creative consultant for the Australian Museum for their 2012 exhibition Alexander the Great – 2,000 Years of Treasures. I have also been engaged as a teacher of ancient history at Macquarie University, the University of Newcastle and the Australian National University, and have supervised higher degree research students at several institutions.
I have been invited to write articles for a number of journals, and have also been invited to give more than twenty public lectures at various universities, museums and other institutions across the country. I am currently teaching units on the Greek City-States, the Roman Republic, Pompeii, Ancient Greek Drama, the Ancient Near East, and the History and Geography of Ancient and Modern Rome.