I attended Corpus Christi College, Oxford, as an undergraduate and continued into doctoral research, on Greek satirical epigrams of the early centuries AD. A version of my DPhil thesis was subsequently published as Greek Epigram in the Roman Empire: Martial's Forgotten Rivals (Oxford University Press, 2003).
While finishing my doctorate I became a researcher on the Oxyrhynchus Papyrus Project, and I maintain an active interest in ancient book-illustration.
Through my teaching I developed an interest in classical reception, the study of how later cultures represent and lay claim to the ancient past. My particular interest is in reception of classical antiquity in modern popular culture and subcultures, and this formed the subject of my second book, Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture (Exeter Press, 2006, 2nd edition 2008).
Since then I have returned to epigram, co-authoring the Greece and Rome New Survey on Epigram (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and contributing to several major edited volumes. My latest academic book, Greek Epigram in Reception (Oxford University Press, 2013) combines my interests in epigram and classical reception study into a new account of how nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain interfaced with the ancient Greek past. I have translated a new selection of Martial’s Epigrams for the World’s Classics series (Oxford University Press, 2015), and am researching in Martial and in the modern reception of the Greek author of satirical essays, Lucian of Samosata.