University Lecturer and Tutorial Fellow in Ancient History 



BA, MA, D.Phil. Oxon

Academic Background and Previous Positions

I read Literae Humaniores at Jesus College, Oxford, where I subsequently did my D.Phil. Subsequently I held a post-doctoral award at the British School at Rome (1994/5), before lecturing in the Department of Classics at Edinburgh for three years. In 1998 I returned to Oxford to become Stipendiary Lecturer in Ancient History at Brasenose and St. Anne’s Colleges, and was fortunate enough the next year to be appointed as a Tutorial Fellow in succession to Greg Woolf, and thus indirectly to David Stockton; the position entails a Stipendiary Lectureship at St. Anne’s College.

Undergraduate Teaching

I teach a number of Greek and Roman history papers for Classics, and for CAAH and AMH prelims.  Recently my lecturing has been on Cicero; on Rome in the Mediterranean in the republican period; and on the census and public contracts.

Research Interests 

My research interests fall broadly into three categories at the moment: the history, archaeology and epigraphy of Italy, especially the impact of the Roman conquest; the political and cultural history of the Roman Republic; early Roman historiography.  I am Co-Director of the Sangro Valley Project (Phase II), with Prof. Susan Kane, of Oberlin College, Ohio.

‘The End of the Tabula Heracleensis: a Poor Man’s Sanctio?’, Epigraphica 59 (1997) 125-56

‘Carved in Stone: the Municpal Magistracies of Numerius Cluvius’, in The Epigraphic Landscape of Roman Italy (London, 2000), 39-75

‘Mimic. A Case Study in Early Roman Colonization’, in State Identities in the First Millenium B.C. (London, 2000), eds E. Herring and K. Lomas, 157-186

Religion in Archaic and Republican Rome and Italy: Evidence and Experience (Edinburgh, 2000), (editor, with C.J. Smith)

‘Introduction’ in Bispham and Smith, 2000, 1-18

Coloniam deducere: how Roman was Roman Colonization during the Middle Republic’, in Greek and Roman Colonization.  Origins, Ideologies and Interactions, eds G. Bradley and J.-P. Wilson (Swansea, 2006), 74-160

‘Literary Sources’, in R. Morstein-Marx & N. Rosenstein, The Blackwell Companion to the Roman Republic (Oxford, 2006), 29-50

The Edinburgh Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome, ed. with T. E. Harrison & B.A. Sparkes (Edinburgh, 2006)

‘Roman Historiography’, in Bispham, Harrison & Sparkes 2006, 384-90

‘Politics’ in Bispham, Harrison & Sparkes 2006, 447-64

‘The Calendar’ (with T.E. Harrison) in Bispham, Harrison & Sparkes 2006, 485-88

‘A Lead Seal’, in K. Bowes, K. Francis & R. Hodges (eds), Between Text and Territory.  Survey and Excavation in the Terra of San Vincenzo al Volturno.  Archaeological Monographs of the British School at Rome 16 (London, 2006), 122-4

From Asculum to Actium: The Municipalization of Italy Between the Social War and Actium (Oxford, 2007)

‘The Samnites’, in G.J. Bradley, E. Isayev & C. Riva (eds), Ancient Italy.  Regions Without Boundaries (Exeter, 2007), 179-22

‘Funerary Texts’, in I.L. Hansen & R. Hodges (eds), Roman Butrint.  An Assessment (Oxford, 2007), 156-8

Vita Vigilia Est.  Essays in Honour of Barbara Levick (ed. with G. Rowe & E. Matthews), BICS Supplement 100 (London, 2007)

‘Pliny the Elder’s Italy’, in Bispham, Rowe & Matthews 2007: 41-67

Roman Europe (ed), Short Oxford History of Europe (Oxford, 2008)

‘Introduction’, ‘Warfare and the Army’ & ‘Religions’ in Bispham 2008: 1-7, 135-69, 203-33

‘Excavations at Acquachiara (Atessa), 2002-2009 (with M. MacKinnon, N. McFerrin, C. Shelton, K. Swift, N. Wolff), Quaderni di Archeologia d’Abruzzo 3 (2011), 31-6

‘Time for Italy in Velleius Paterculus’, in E. Cowan (ed.), Velleius Paterculus: Making History (Swansea, 2011), 17-57

‘Rome and Antium: Pirates, Polities and Identity in the Middle Republic’, in S. Roselaar (ed)., Processes of Integration and Identity Formation in the Roman Republic (Leiden, 2012), 227-245

‘The Hellenistics of Death in Adriatic Central Italy’, in J.W.R. Prag & J. Quinn (eds), The Hellenistic West (Cambridge 2013), 44-78

T.J. Cornell (ed.), The Fragments of the Roman Historians (3 vols, Oxford, 2013): member of editorial board and contributor, including ‘Q. Fabius Pictor’ & ‘L. Cincius Alimentus’ (with T.J. Cornell); ‘C. Acilius’ (with S.J. Northwood)

‘The Lucanians: Historical Perspective’, in M. Aberson, M.C. Biella, M. di Fazio & M. Wullschleger (eds), Entre Archéologie et histoire: dialogues sur divers peoples de l’Italie préromaine. EGeA 2 (Geneva, 2014), 311-330

‘Roma iudex: Interstate Arbitration and Rome’s Mediterranean Hegemony’, in J. Dubouloz, S. Pittia & G. Sabatini (eds),  L’imperium Romanum en perspective.  Les savoirs d’empire dans la République romaine et leur heritage dans l’Europe médiévale et modern (Besançon, 2014), 231-42

‘The Middle Sangro Valley under the Empire: A Productive Landscape?’ (with S.E. Kane), in A.M. Small (ed.), Beyond Vagnari.  New Themes in the Study of Roman South Italy.  Munera 38 (Bari, 2014), 227-36

‘The Social War’ & ‘The Civil Wars and the Triumvirate’, in A.E. Cooley (ed.), A Companion to Roman Italy. Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World (Malden MA / Oxford 2016), 76-89, 90-102

 ‘Una, nessuna or centomila romanizzazioni?’ in M. Aberson, M.C. Biella, M. di Fazio, P. Sanchéz & M. Wullschleger (eds), L’Italia centrale e la creazione di una koiné culturale?  I percorsi della ‘romanizzaznione’.  EGeA 3 (Geneva, 2016), 5-14

4 panelli on the hill-fort system at Montenerodomo (CH), Italy, commissioned by the Soprintendenza Archeologica per l’Abruzzo (with G.J. Bradley & O. Menozzi) The Roman Republic (London), in progress


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