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 conducting research into the sound of 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.
Supported by a British Academy Fellowship I have sought to reconstruct heard aspects of 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 Sep 2015: My TED lesson ‘The Ancient Origins of the Olympic Games’. Rather simplified from my original script, but with some cool animation, and presented in a style reminiscent of a Pathé newsreel from the 1930s.
Martin West, the great classical scholar, has died. I have written a page of reminiscences on my clog (In memoriam Martin West, click on title left).
BBC4 Sappho in which I speak (at 26.30 mins) about the music of Sappho’s songs (7th-6th cent BC) and we hear some lines hauntingly sung by Kalia Baklitzanaki. Details of the reconstruction can be read on the BBC4 Website.
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.