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My research focuses on Latin literature of the late Republic and early Empire, and I'm particularly interested in the origins and development of scientific writing at Rome. My current book project explores how the aesthetic experience of the sublime impacts the formulation of scientific ideas and shapes the representation of scientific inquiry in the first century C.E. As In addition to the book, I just finsihed an article about the transmigration of the soul in Ennius' Annals (the first Latin epic in hexameters), and I'm working on a paper about the sublime and the cessation of time in the Proto-Gospel of James (one the apocryphal gospels).
“An Image Sublime: The Milky Way in Aratus and Manilius”. Forthcoming in Teaching Through Images: Imagery in Ancient Didactic Poetry, ed. J. Strauss Clay and A. Vergados, Brill.
“Bugonia and the Aetiology of Didactic Poetry in Virgil, Georgics 4.” Classical Quarterly 69 (2020): 745–63.
“Hybrid Ennius: Cultural and Poetic Multiplicity in the Annals”. In Ennius: Poetry and History, ed. C. Damon and J. Farrell, Cambridge University Press, 2020, 25–44.
"inconsistencies in Latin Literature." InThe Oxford Classical Dictionary, digital edition, ed. T. Whitmarsh. Oxford University Press. Article published April 2019. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199381135.013.8135.
Book project: The Scientific Sublime in Imperial Rome: Manilius, Seneca, Lucan, and the Etna.
My book argues that the aesthetic experience of the sublime plays a crucial role in scientific inquiry at Rome during the early empire. In particular, I show how a continuous interest in the aesthetic experience of the sublime feeds into the formulation of scientific ideas and shapes the representation of scientific inquiry, and I argue that by looking at how each of the four authors writes about nature and doing science, we can see the fundamental dialogue that connects these texts.
By bringing all of these works together in one study, which has not been done before, I establish a major thread of literary and intellectual continuity that cuts across genres, moving from the late Augustan principate through Neronian Rome and into the Flavian period. All of this allows me to tell a new story about the development and dynamics of Latin literature and the Roman contribution to scientific thinking in the first century CE.