My research focuses on Latin literature of the late Republic and early Empire. In particular, I'm interested in the origins and development of scientific writing at Rome and the experience of the sublime. My current book project explores how the sublime impacts the formulation of scientific ideas and shapes the representation of scientific inquiry in Latin texts of the first century C.E. I recently organized a conference on the sublime that took place at Dartmouth (The Sublime in the Ancient World, June 3–5, 2022), and will edit the papers from that event. Shorter pieces that will appear soon include papers about cessation of time ("Time Stood Still, and It Was Sublime [Proto-Gospel of James 18]"), the Elder Pliny ("Pliny's Natural History and the Scientific Sublime), and Ovid ("Flood, Fire, and the Augustan Sublime in Ovid's Metamorphoses"), and an essay on the sublime in the ancient world for The Cambridge Companion to the Romantic Sublime.
- Ph.D. Columbia University
- M.Phil. Columbia University
- M.A. Columbia University
- B.A. Rice University
“An Image Sublime: The Milky Way in Aratus and Manilius”. In Teaching Through Images: Imagery in Ancient Didactic Poetry, ed. J. Strauss Clay and A. Vergados, Brill, 2022, 82–104.
"Homer redivivus? Rethinking the Transmigration of the Soul in Ennius’s Annals." Arethusa 54 (2021): 185–220.
"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.
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.