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M3C Funded Research Student, Faculty of Arts
Co-organiser of Landscape, Space, and Place Reading Group, 2017-present
Co-organiser of Echoes Symposium, April 2018
Co-organiser of Orientations, May 2018
This year I will be teaching on Classics and Tv in Autumn, and Mythology in Spring.
My project explores the significance of rivers in the cultural production of the Augustan era, an age when redefining Roman power demanded new and better metaphors to reflect a radical new political… read more
My project explores the significance of rivers in the cultural production of the Augustan era, an age when redefining Roman power demanded new and better metaphors to reflect a radical new political system. Rivers play a prominent role in Augustan Rome as a symbol of power, from the Tiber to the Nile and Danube. The relationship between ethnicity and nationality is again challenging political ideology and discourse, making this an important time to explore how national power is articulated through landscape and territorialism. Rivers, I argue, showcase the perils and opportunities of technocracy and the complex relationship between polities and their environments at a historical moment when claiming a right to territory required new articulation.
My thesis builds on research undertaken for my Masters dissertation on the use of rivers in Ovid's Metamorphoses and Alice Oswald's Dart, which in turn used research from my undergraduate degree in Classical Civilisation and English.