LATEST: On 6 May at 9pm BBC4 will screen Sappho, a documentary presented by Margaret Mountford, in which I speak for about 3 minutes about the music of Sappho’s songs.———————->
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.