I teach Classics at Jesus College Oxford, and research and write on the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. I also perform as a cellist, formerly my profession, and did so in my TEDx talk. My current research is on the sound of ancient Greek music, a topic that spans my main interests.
I write a clog i.e. an intermittent blog; posts are listed on the left.
Supported by a British Academy Fellowship, in 2013-15 I investigated ancient Greek music, as described in Song of the Sirens and in a 4-minute taster film for the BBC, ‘The Secrets of Ancient Greek Music’: click on the link and enter the password greek: https://vimeo.com/80564559
Sep 2015: My TED lesson ‘The Ancient Origins of the Olympic Games’. Simplified from my original script, and with some cool animation, presented in a style reminiscent of a Pathé newsreel from the 1930s. It has been viewed over 150,000 times. (My TED ‘Eureka’ has been going since March 2015 – see below – and been accessed more than twice as many times).
Martin West, the great classical scholar, has died. I’ve written a page of reminiscences on my clog (In memoriam Martin West, click on title left).
BBC4 Sappho: I speak at 26.30 mins about the music of Sappho’s songs (7th-6th cent BC) and we hear two stanzas 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): ‘100% accurate’ is, of course, quoted 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.