Research Interests: Ancient History, Latin Prose, History of Classical Scholarship; Classical Reception Studies.
Before joining the University of Cape Town, I was Lecturer in Classics in the School of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. I am currently writing a commentary on Book 9 of Valerius Maximus’ Facta et Dicta Memorabilia, the only book of the work to have an unremitting focus on negative values. Apart from historical and literary commentary on the text of this first century AD writer, this work will also include exegetical essays on the various vices covered in Book 9, such as luxury, lust, cruelty, anger etc., contextualising them in Roman moral tradition and ancient ethical thought and literature in general. I am also editing a volume on Valerius Maximus with my colleague, David Wardle, arising from a conference hosted at the University of Cape Town in October 2017.
My other main research interest is in the History of Classical Scholarship and the cognate field of Classical Reception Studies, particularly as they concern the colonial and postcolonial periods of southern African history.