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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles



I have completed a BA in Classics (2015) and an MSt in Greek and Roman History (2016), both at Brasenose College, Oxford. I am interested in all areas of the classical world, and have recently worked on a range of topics, from identity politics in Ptolemaic Egypt to perceptions of weather amongst soldiers at Roman frontier forts. Over the past year I have paid particular attention to the importance of epigraphic and papyrological materials, including working on a translation of an unpublished papyrus from the Oxyrhynchus collection.

Papyrological and epigraphic evidence will feature prominently in my doctoral research, which investigates the experience of the Roman soldier from Trajan to Valerian, with an emphasis upon the effect of the province of operation or the province of origin upon the individual soldiers' relationships with their fellow soldiers, family, and local civilian inhabitants. By comparing similar types of evidence from different provinces, I hope to provide a synthetic social history of the Roman army during this period. 

Other academic interests:

  • Comparative philology
  • Social, cultural, and political history of the ancient world
  • Ancient warfare
  • The ancient Italic languages (Latin, Faliscan, Oscan, Umbrian)
  • Language and history of China


Department: Classics
Supervisor: Dr John Patterson
College: Pembroke
AHRC Subject Area: Ancient History
Title of Thesis: [Provisional] The provincial soldier in the Roman army, from Trajan to Valerian