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Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History+44 (0) 191 33 45499
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 


A native of Belfast, I gained my BA (1987) and PhD (1993) in Classics at Sidney Sussex college, Cambridge, and - after a brief stint there as Junior Research Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics (1992-94) - I joined the Department of Classics & Ancient History at the University of Manchester in 1994, becoming Professor of Latin in 2004. On 1 September 2018 I joined the Dept. of Classics & Ancient History at Durham as Professor of Classics.

PhD Supervision

I am very happy to supervise PhDs in the following areas: Ovid, Roman love elegy, Augustan poetry, Pliny the Younger, Cicero's Ad Familiares, and Roman epistolography

Schools Talks

As part of my AHRC Ancient Letter Collections project, I am happy to offer talks to schools on aspects of ancient letters and letter collections, includng Cicero and Pliny.

Research interests

  • Cicero, Ad Familiares
  • Ovid
  • Pliny the Younger
  • PI and Co-director (with Andrew Morrison): AHRC Ancient Letter Collections project


Supervision students