Associate Professor, Ancient Environment, Latin, Roman History
My work focuses on the ways in which gardens and landscapes have been used as vehicles of cultural communication, indoctrination and, on occasion, resistance through art, literature and material evidence. I am the author of The Roman Garden: Space, Sense and Society (Routledge, 2009) and am currently working on projects that study the reception of Graeco-Roman architecture and gardens in Europe and America. My teaching interests include Latin letters, the ancient economy, food and dining in the ancient world, and Roman history and historiography.
Contact me if you are interested in any of the following research areas: the ancient environment, Roman domestic art and architecture, reception studies, space syntax analysis, Columella, Pliny the Elder, or Pliny the Younger.
2015. “Decline and Fall: The Roman Garden of Louise du Pont Crowninshield”, in V. Pagán, J. Page and B. Weltman-Aron (eds.) Disciples of Flora (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015), 94-112.
2014. “Garden Hybrids: Hermaphrodite Images and Gendered Space in the Roman House”, Classical Antiquity 33, 395-426.
2012. “Columella”, “Horticulture”, and “Roman Landscapes”, in R. Bagnall et al. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell).
“The Erotics of Lettuce? Sexual Knowledge in Columella Book 10”, Society for Classical Studies (formerly the American Philological Association) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 8-11 January 2015.
“Reconsidering Hyperreality: ‘Roman’ Houses and their Gardens (1892-1974)”, American Philological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, 2014.
“Decline and Fall: The Antique Garden of Louise du Pont Crowninshield”, Disciples of Flora: Gardens in History and Culture, University of Florida, 2013.