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I am currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Ancient Letter Collections project. I have primarily worked on Statius' Achilleid and its literary tradition. My doctoral research, currently under revision, explores central aspects of the poem that lend themselves to a tragic reading. The Achilleid is seen to offer to the reader darker echoes, alternative paths, conflicting paradoxes, embryonic but very much present in the poem's narrative. A comprehensive mapping of these will result in an expansion of scholarly interpretations.

In addition to the literature of the Flavian period, I am also fascinated by the literary interactions of the Flavian poets with their predecessors (Lucan and Seneca in particular). I am working on Augustan poets too, Virgil (the Aeneid) and Ovid (the Metamorphoses). 

I have also worked on the reception of classical literature within the works of the dramatists of the Spanish Golden Age (especially Tirso de Molina and Calderón de la Barca).

I have been involved in a project of translation and annotation in the Department of Art History at the University of Manchester (, focused of the inscriptions the Flemish humanist Dominicus Lampsonius composed to accompany the Pictorum Aliquot Celebrium Germaniae Inferioris Effigies, a volume of twenty-three portraits of Netherlandish artists, published in 1572.

Education and qualifications

  • AHRC-funded PhD in Classics at the University of Manchester (September 2015 - July 2019)
  • MA in Classics & Ancient History at the University of Manchester (September 2014 - September 2015) 

Prizes and awards

  • Alexander Hope Kyd Prize for Outstanding Performance in the MA (2015)
  • Conway Memorial Prize for Best Work on Virgil in the MA (2015)


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