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My research looks at Ancient Greek literature down to the Hellenistic period, especially fifth-century Athenian comedy (‘Old Comedy’) and the history of the poetry book. I have published on the mutable structure of Hellenistic epigram anthologies (Materiali e discussioni 73, 2014, 9–23), the link between hybridity and catalogue in Semonides (Cambridge Classical Journal 64, 2018, 1–22), and the use of excessive repetition for poetic effects (Classical Quarterly 71, 2021, forthcoming). My most recent article, forthcoming in Philologus, teases out some unnoticed wordplay in the lively but highly fragmentary Archaic poet Hipponax.

I am in the final stages of completing a monograph which argues that there was a period of intense and bold formal experimentation in Old Comedy of the generation before Aristophanes, centred around the now-obscure playwright Crates. Comic playwrights in this period were not only trying new things out on stage, but explicitly signalled their own status as innovators on the model of contemporary developments in the natural sciences. Aristophanes’ self-positioning as an innovator reflects this earlier development.

I hold an MPhil (2011) and PhD (2017) from the University of Cambridge, where I was supervised by Renaud Gagné (MPhil) and Richard Hunter (PhD). My Bachelor’s degree is from the Liberal Arts College at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, where my thesis was supervised by Sean Gurd (now University of Missouri).

Together with Raffaella Cribiore (NYU), I am organiser of the 69th Entretiens sur l’antiquité classique at the Fondation Hardt in 2023.

 

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