I am a researcher in Ancient History, focussing on the evolution of ancient Greek political and social thought.
I am most interested in ancient ideas about kingship, tyranny and other forms of sole rule. My current research focusses on how citizens of ancient Greek city-states interacted with absolute rulers, whether tyrants of other Greek states or the kings of non-Greek peoples, and on the anxieties and debates that these interactions raised.
Other research interests include: Archaic Greek politics, particularly those depicted in epic; performance of epic, tragedy and comedy in Ancient Greece; the construction of the role of the emperor in Julio-Claudian Rome; the relationship between civic space and political power in Greek and Roman thought.
I currently teach Ancient Greek language, literature and history at Cambridge University.