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    My research looks at the materiality, structure and performative dimensions of poetry written in Ancient Greece from the eighth to the third centuries BCE. I am especially drawn to overlooked and interstitial poetic traditions, texts and artefacts. 

    My monograph 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 have also published on the mutable structure of Hellenistic epigram anthologies (MD 73, 2014, 9–23), the link between hybridity and catalogue structure in Semonides (CCJ 64, 2018, 1–22), and the use of excessive repetition for poetic effects (CQ 71.1, 2021, 34–51). Forthcoming pieces look at self-naming in Hipponax, the Greek models for Vitruvius' geometrical man, crisis and affect in Callimachean epigram, and early writing metaphors in sympotic poetry. 

    I hold an MPhil (2011) and PhD (2017) in Classics from the University of Cambridge (St John's), 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 Texas). 

    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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