2016- Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Classics and Archaeology, Nottingham.
2009-15 Postgraduate Ph.D. Student, Department of Classics, University of Nottingham.
2000-9 Head of Classics and IT, IT Co-ordinator, Mount St. Mary's College, Spinkhill, Sheffield.
1983 Joint Director of ARLT Summer School at Chester (with R.A.Hulse).
1975-2000 Head of Classics, IT Co-ordinator, Exams Officer, Director of International Curricular Development and Residential Experience, Year Tutor, Westfield School, Mosborough, Sheffield.
1974-5 P.G.C.E., University of Sheffield.
1973-4 Gladstone Senior Greek Scholar, University College London.
1972-4 Ph.D., University College, London.
1971-2 M.A. (with distinction), Department of Greek, University of Sheffield.
1971 Petrie Watson Travel Exhibition, Gibbons prize for performance in Final Examinations.
1968-71 B.A. Hons. (Class I), Classics, University of Sheffield.
Since 2016 I have been the secretary of the Sheffield Branch of the Classical Association and maintained their website / blog at http://sheffieldclassicalassociation.weebly.com.
I have also been an active member of Groups reading and discussing Latin and Greek texts in Sheffield: an off-shoot of which has been the development of the on-line resource: http://thesheffieldclassicalflorilegium.weebly.com for which I have full responsibility.
My M.A. thesis, entitled 'Characterisation in the Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius with special attention to linguistic and lexical features' used computer analysis to determine the significance and… read more
My M.A. thesis, entitled 'Characterisation in the Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius with special attention to linguistic and lexical features' used computer analysis to determine the significance and aid the discussion of these features. It was supervised by Professor R. A. Crossland.
This was followed by work on a commentary on Book 4 of the Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius, lines 1-481 under the supervision of Mr. A. H. Griffiths. Although finished in manuscript form, the thesis was never submitted. I was able to return to it after retirement and under the supervision of Professors P. J. Finglass and H. Lovatt, it was completely revised, finished and successfully submitted at the end of 2015 for the degree of Ph.D. It is available here http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/30589/
My primary research project is to complete a commentary on the whole of Book 4, with translation and full introduction. Since graduation in December 2015, progress has been made with this: the remaining text has been lemmatised (lines 482-1781) and translated. Commentary and notes have been written. An article containing textual emendations proposed on lines 1-481 is under preparation.
I am currently (since May 2017) under contract to produce a digital commentary on the whole of Argonautica Book 4 for this site: http://dcc.dickinson.edu. A proto-type version of the commentary can be accessed here: http://argonautica4.weebly.com
Work on the completion of my commentary has already revealed further possibilities for research. I am currently planning a research trip to the Biblioteca Nazionale in Naples to examine and report on a previously uncollated Mediaeval manuscript containing part of Book 4 of the Argonautica. Preliminary findings are available here: https://chesspiecesandargonauts.wordpress.com
Another off-shoot of this trip might be further investigation of the life and work of the scribe who is the potential copyist of this manuscript: Demetrius Moschus. His poem, 'Ad Helenam et Alexandrum' (heavily influenced by Homer and Apollonius) last received critical attention in 1833 and has never been equipped with a modern critical edition.
I have recently (since January 2019) joined a group of collaborative researchers, under the direction of Dr. Sian Foster (of Solihull School), working on producing a new edition and commentary on the Anonymous Whitby Life of St. Gregory.