Ph.D. (Classics and Comparative Literature) Yale University, 2001
M.Phil. (English Renaissance Literature) Corpus Christi College Oxford, 1996
B.A. (Literae Humaniores, Classical Literature and Philosophy) Balliol College Oxford, 1994
Poetics and literary theory
Literature and philosophy
Reception of classical literature, especially in the Renaissance
Forthcoming: Translations of four tragedies of Euripides, Modern Greek Library: Bacchae, Helen, Electra and Trojan Women (Random House)
The Greatest Empire: A life of Seneca. Oxford University Press (2014).
Classics editor, third edition of the Norton Anthology of World Literature (2012).
Six Tragedies of Seneca. Translation, with introduction and notes. Oxford World's Classics (2010).
The Death of Socrates: Hero, Villain, Chatterbox, Saint (2007).
Mocked with Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton (2004), recipient of the Charles Bernheimer Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association, 2003.
Work in Progress:
Odyssey: Translation of the poem, for Norton.
(undergraduate) Classical Traditions; Aeschylus and Herodotus; Roman Comedy; Tragedy and the Tragic; the Ancient Novel
(graduate) Lucretius; Latin Elegy; Sophocles; Greek Prose; the Ancient Novel; translation