I came up to Oxford in 2004 to read Literae Humaniores (Classics) at St. Hugh’s College, moving for my graduate study to Brasenose, where I wrote a doctoral thesis on the Roman philosopher and poet Lucretius. I held a junior research fellowship at New College, and spent two years as a departmental lecturer in Latin before coming to Exeter as tutor in Michaelmas 2016. When not doing Classics I enjoy maintaining my (very amateur) interests in art history and the Stone Age.


My research to date has been focused on the language, style, and literary form of philosophical texts written in Latin during the first century BC. I am interested in how Roman philosophers drew on the resources of the Latin language to better express their arguments, as well as in their attitudes to and treatments of the linguistic theories they inherited from their Greek predecessors. I am currently completing a monograph on the language and linguistic thought of Lucretius (for OUP), and have further work in progress on Lucretius, Cicero, and the early development of Latin style. I am also engaged, together with my colleague Beppe Pezzini of St Andrews, in a collaborative research project on early Roman linguistic thought.


I teach Exeter undergraduates in all aspects of Latin language and literature, and some Greek (Homer’s Iliad). In recent years I have lectured on Virgil, Horace, Propertius, Lucretius, Cicero, and vulgar Latin. I have supervised graduate theses on various Latin authors, including Manilius, Vitruvius, Prudentius, Juvenal, and Virgil.

Selected Publications

‘Diogenes of Oinoanda on the meaning of ‘pleasure’ (NF 192)’, ZPE 191, 2014: 84-89.

‘Definition and ordinary language in Cicero, De Finibus 2’, CP 111.1, 2016: 54-73.

‘Rationalism and the theatre in Lucretius’, CQ 66.1, 2016: 140-54.

‘Memmius the Epicurean’ (with Llewelyn Morgan), CQ 67.2, 2017: 528-54.

‘Common ground in De Rerum Natura’, forthcoming in Donncha O’Rourke (ed.) Approaches to Lucretius (CUP).

‘First Thoughts on Linguistic Naturalism’ (with G. Pezzini), forthcoming in G. Pezzini, B. Taylor (eds.) Language and Nature in the Classical Roman World (CUP).

Language and Nature in the Classical Roman World, edited with G. Pezzini, forthcoming (CUP).

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