I am a 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 I have published articles on a wide range of films, including 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, and I am continuing to work on different kinds of screen receptions of antiquity.