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Macquarie University and Sydney University
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Ancient Roman History, Women in the Ancient World, Roman Politics, The Roman Republic, The Early Imperial Period of Ancient Rome, The Augustan Principate
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About Me

Bachelor in Ancient History (1st Class Honours) – Macquarie University 2007

Doctor of Philosophy (Classics and Ancient History), University of Sydney 2012

My doctoral thesis explores the representation of mythic and archaic Vestal Virgin priestesses in late Republican and Augustan literature and compares this with the role that historical Vestals played in the transition from Republic to Principate.

My research interests include women in the ancient world; the negotiation between systems of thought to understand the world – particularly religious and political thought; Rome from the late Republic to the end of the 1st century CE.

I have worked in the department of Classics and Ancient History as a tutor since 2007, on topics including Greek Religion, SPQR, and Roman History from Augustus to Trajan. I have coordinated and lectured in tertiary-level Ancient History. Since 2013, I have been the Head of English at Matrix Education, teaching grammar and English Literature to secondary students.

In my spare time I co-host the podcast ‘The Partial Historians’, with my colleague Dr Fiona Radford. The Partial Historians is a lighthearted, conversational podcast on Ancient Rome which can be streamed via our website or downloaded from iTunes, GooglePlay, and Stitcher.

Recent Publications

2018: Review: Maxwell Teitel Paule, Canidia, Rome’s First Witch. Bloomsbury classical studies monographs. London; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017. Pp. x, 218. ISBN 9781350003880

2016: Review: Molly M. Lindner, Portraits of the Vestal Virgins: Priestesses of Ancient Rome. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2015. Pp. xxii, 291. ISBN 9780472118953.

2015: Review: Cable Guys: Television and Masculinities in the Twenty-First Century by Amanda Lotz (New York University Press, 2014), 251 pages

2012: Virgin Territory: The Vestals and the Transition from Republic to Principate

2010: Greenfield, Peta. The final competition of the Triumviral period: Octavian, Mark Antony and the Vestal Virgins. Teaching History, Vol. 44, No. 4, Dec 2010: 8-11.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Gender, Politics, Religion, Sexuality, Women