Works In Progress
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.