I joined the Classical Studies Department at Trinity in 2010 after several years working at the University of Washington, Seattle, and the University of Texas at Austin. My teaching includes courses at all levels of Ancient Greek and advanced Latin as well as a rotating quartet of ancient literature and history courses—Classical Mythology, The Ancient Novel, The World of Late Antiquity, and HUMA-1600: Readings in Western Cultures. I spent 2013-14 on leave at the University of Heidelberg in Germany on an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship; I am planning to return there during my sabbatical in 2015-16.
Ph.D., Princeton University
B.A., Brown University
(2014) “Archaizing and Classicism in the Literary Historical Thinking of Dionysius of Halicarnassus” in James Ker and Christoph Pieper, eds. Valuing the Past in the Greco-Roman World, 357-87. Leiden and Boston.
(2013) “Orality, Folktales, and the Cross-Cultural Transmission of Narrative,” in Tim Whitmarsh and Stuart Thomson, eds. The Romance between Greece and the East, 300-321. Cambridge UK.
(2013) “Figures of Silence in Dio Chrysostom’s First Tarsian Oration (Or. 33). Aposiopesis, Paraleipsis, and Huposiôpêsis,” Greece & Rome 60, 32-49.
(2010) “The Literary Heritage as Language: Atticism and the Second Sophistic, ” in Egbert J. Bakker, ed. A Companion to the Ancient Greek Language, 468–482. Wiley-Blackwell.
(2009) “Historical Fiction, Brachylogy, and Plutarch's Banquet of the Seven Sages,” in José Ribeiro Ferreira, Delfim Leão, Manuel Tröster, and Paula Barata Dias, eds. Symposion and Philanthropia in Plutarch, 481–495. Coimbra.
(2008) “Time,” in Tim Whitmarsh, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Greek and Roman Novel, 145–161. Cambridge UK.
(2007) “The Portrait of Homer in Strabo’s Geography,” Classical Philology 102, 363–88.
My research focuses on the so-called "Second Sophistic," or the renaissance of Greek literature and culture under the High Roman Empire (roughly 50-250 CE), but I am also interested in ancient narrative prose, literary criticism, and historiography of all periods. My book, Homer between History and Fiction in Imperial Greek Literature (Cambridge, 2010) looks at some of the ways in which the extent of Homer's knowledge of the Trojan War was debated, defended, and mocked by Greek writers of the Empire, such as the geographer Strabo, the orator Dio of Prusa, the satirist Lucian, and the writer Philostratus. The book was awarded the 2011 Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit as an outstanding contribution to classical scholarship from the Society for Classical Studies (formerly the American Philological Association). Current projects include a book-length study of anti-classicizing elements in the Second Sophistic, tentatively entitled The Idea of the Archaic in Imperial Greek Culture, and articles on ‘Asian’ rhetoric, the Greek novelist Heliodorus, and oratorical performance in the Second Sophistic.