Assistant Professor, Latin Literature
- Late antique historiography
- Latin literature
- BA (Hons)(Vind)
- MA (Dal)
- MA, PhD (Boston University)
I was born and raised in Halifax, and completed my undergraduate degree at Dalhousie and the University of King's College. After an MA thesis on Greek Tragedy at Dalhousie, I began doctoral studies at Boston University, where I continued to study Greek literature, but gradually shifted my main research focus to Latin. Before taking up my Dalhousie appointment in 2000, I taught Classics and English at a private school in Boston. In 2001, I became a member of the joint King's-Dalhousie faculty. Since 2011, I have served as Public Orator at King’s.
Research and teaching interests
My doctoral thesis explored imperial speeches in the fourth century A.D. historian Ammianus Marcellinus. My work since then has also focused on literary aspects of that author's work, particularly his knowledge of and allusions to the Augustan epic poet Virgil. More recently, I have begun to explore the vast domain of Neo-Latin literature, especially its treatment of Canadian themes and topics, as well as the Classical Tradition at King’s and Dalhousie.
In addition to a graduate seminar on Ammianus, I teach Virgil, Ovid, Catullus, and other Latin poets in advanced language courses and seminars, as well as undergraduate courses in late Roman history and in Greek and Roman myth and literature.
At the University of King’s College, I am a frequent lecturer in the Foundation Year Programme (Homer’s Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid), and have served as Co-ordinator of its first section.
- 2010 - Dalhousie University Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award
- 2007 - Dalhousie Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching
- 2006 - Dalhousie Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching
- "Ammianus Marcellinus, the Caesar Julian, and Rhetorical Failure." Cahiers des Études Anciennes no. 50 (2013): 139-160.
- “Vetranio's Revenge? The Rhetorical Prowess of Ammianus' Constantius.” Dialogues d’histoire ancienne suppl. 8 (2013): 221-258.
- The Virgil Encyclopedia, s.v. Ammianus Marcellinus and Historia Augusta. Ed. Richard Thomas and Jan Ziowlkowski. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
- "La Franciade De Le Brun : Poétique Ovidienne De l'Exil En Nouvelle-France." Tangence no. 99 (2012): 35-60. doi:- 10.7202/1015112ar.
- “Origins: From Royal Priesthood to Hellenic Kingship to Roman Sacred Imperium.” In Changing our Mind on Secularization: The Contemporary Debate about sacred and secular in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Eds. W. Hankey and N. Hatt. Charlottetown, P.E.I.: St. Peter Publications, 2010. 49-69.
- “An unnoticed Reminiscence of Aeneid 10.517-20 at Ammianus Marcellinus 22.12.6”, Mnemosyne 60.4 (2007): 662-668.
- “The Goddess of Love and the Poetry of Rome.” in Proceedings of the 25th Annual Atlantic Theological Conference, St. Peter Publications, 2006. 109-134.
- “Ammianus Epicus: Virgilian Allusion in the Res Gestae,” Phoenix 60.3-4 (2006): 274-303.
- Words of Wisdom In the Senate Speaker’s Chambers: The Latin Inscriptions in the Senate Speaker’s Suite. Ottawa: Senate of Canada, 2006.
- Review: Kelly, G. 2008. Ammianus Marcellinus: The Allusive Historian.(Cambridge Classical Studies) Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.Mnemosyne 64.2 (2011), 345-350.
- Review: J. den Boeft et al., Philological and Historical Commentary on Ammianus Marcellinus XXVIII. Leiden: Brill, 2011. The Classical Review (forthcoming 65.1, 2015).
- Review: Matthews, J. 2007. The Roman Empire of Ammianus Marcellinus. With a New Introduction. Rev. ed. Ann Arbor: Michigan Classical Press. Pp. xvi + 608. US $87.00. ISBN 978-0-9799713-2-7. Mouseion 53.9.3 (2009): 350-354.
- Review: Ursula K. LeGuin. Lavinia. Orlando: Harcourt, 2008. Infomonkey Book Reviews, January 26, 2010, http://halifax.infomonkey.net/nova.scotia.news.events.php?e=ursula-le-guin-and-the-the-aeneids-lavinia
- Review: den Boeft, J.W. Drijvers, D. den Hengst, H.C. Teitler, Ammianus After Julian: The Reign of Valentinian and Valens in Books 26-31 of the Res Gestae. Mnemosyne Supplementa, 289. Bryn Mawr Classical Review. 2008.09.35 [Sept. 17, 2008; http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2008/2008-09-35.html]
- Review: A Companion to Catullus. Edited by Marilyn B. Skinner. Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World. Malden and Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007. xxvi, 590 pages. $191.99. The Dalhousie Review 88.3 (2008): 453-455.
- Review: Virgil’s Aeneid: Decorum. Allusion, and Ideology, by Wendell Clausen. The Dalhousie Review 84.2 (2003): 315-318.
- Review: Climbing Parnassus, by Tracy Lee Simmons. The Dalhousie Review 83.3 (2003): 449-451.
- “From exemplum virtutis to instrumentum utilitatis, or, ‘those who can only conjugate will continue to decline’: Classics at King's and Dalhousie from 1789-1950,” 225 & 70 Celebration, University of King’s College, November 7th, 2014.
- "Why Ancient Heroes Matter: Odysseus Reads the Ivany Report." Herald University (an event sponsored by the Chronicle Herald), Halifax, April 26, 2014.