LATEST: BBC4 Sappho (May 2015) in which I speak for a minute (at 26.30 mins) about the music of Sappho’s songs.
Details about the basis of the composition, with the lovely voice of Kalia Baklitzanaki, can be read on the BBC4 Website
I teach Classics at Jesus College Oxford, and research and write about ancient Greece and Rome. I also perform as a cellist (formerly my professional career) and did so in my TEDx talk. I’m on leave from Oxford until October 2015 to research ancient Greek music, a topic that spans my two main interests.
I write a clog i.e. an intermittent blog; posts are listed on the left.
Research project 2013-15: Hearing ancient Greek music
Supported by a British Academy Fellowship I am rediscovering ancient Greek music, as described in Song of the Sirens. A 4-minute taster film, ‘The Secrets of Ancient Greek Music’, can be viewed if you click on the link and enter the password greek: https://vimeo.com/80564559
3. A podcast of my talk on innovation at the Oxford Business School event (4 March) ‘Engaging with the Humanities’.
July 2014 BBC Online: 10 mysteries from ancient Greece.
Daily Mail Online article (29 Oct 2013): sensational claim of ‘100% accuracy’ is, of course, taken out of context.
Oct 2013 I translate into Latin a motto on a rock band T-shirt.
July 2013 My article Plato and Play in American Journal of Play, spurred by a misattribution to Plato by Sarah Palin of the idea that ‘you can learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation’.
Jan 2013 Review of my book in Bryn Mawr Classical Review: ‘dazzling…fascinating…not to be missed’.
I’ve completed a book about creativity and innovation called Eureka, to be published by Princeton University Press.