Department of Classics
Associate Professor, Ancient Environment, Latin, Roman History
Undergraduate Program Director
PhD 2004, School of Classics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
2004-2005 Garden and Landscape Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
Department of Classics
St Catharines ON L2S 3A1 CANADA
Phone: 905 688 5550 ext. 5374
Fax: 905 984 4859
- CLAS 3P05: History of the Roman Republic (fall)
- CLAS 4V64: Food and Dining in the Ancient World (fall)
- CLAS 5V56: Cicero and the Roman Republic (winter)
- CLAS 1P92: Introduction to Roman Civilization (winter)
My work focuses on the ways in which gardens and landscapes have been used as vehicles of cultural communication, indoctrination and, on occasion, resistance. From 2010-2013 I hold a SSHRC Standard Research Grant for the project "Receptions of the Graeco-Roman Villa Garden in Europe and America 1873-1974", which offers funding for both a senior undergraduate and graduate researcher. As part of a wider project on erotic garden space I am currently preparing an article on hermaphrodite imagery in Roman houses. My other interests include Latin letters, the ancient economy, and Roman history and historiography.
Contact me if you are interested in any of the following: the ancient environment, Roman domestic art and architecture, Space Syntax Analysis, Columella, Pliny the Elder, or Pliny the Younger.
- The Roman Garden: Space, Sense and Society, Routledge (June 2009).
- “Performative Space and Garden Transgressions in Tacitus’ Death of Messalina”, in American Journal of Philology 130: 595-624.
- “Eastwards in Eden: The Pre-Classical Roots of Meaning in Mediterranean Gardens”, in J. Dixon Hunt, M. Leslie and K. Gleason (eds.) A Cultural History of Gardens Vol. I: A History of Gardens in the Ancient World, Berg (forthcoming 2012).
- Awake in the Wilderness: Ariadne and the Sensuous Surface, Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting, Dalhousie University (May 2011).
- Fantasy Landscapes: Discourse and Didactics in Graeco-Roman Gardens 1873-1974, at “Classics and Class”, The Royal Academy, London (July 1-2, 2010).
- Wild Bodies: Ariadne and the Sensuous Surface, at “Bodies of Knowledge: Representations of the Human Form”, Brock University Archaeological Society 21st Annual Scholarly Symposium (March 2010).
- The Art of Limitation: Framing the Villa Landscape, at Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting, University of British Columbia (May 2009).
- Sexing the Garden: Performance Anxiety in Columella 10, Arethusa Seminar Series, Department of Classics, SUNY Buffalo (April 2009).
- Garden Hybrids: Hermaphrodite Space in the Roman House, at “Bringing It All Back Home: Feminism and the Classics V”, University of Michigan (May 2008).
Excavations at Horace’s Villa
The Little Sparta Trust, The Garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay
Space Syntax Laboratory