I work on Latin Literature, with a particular interest in historiography and the poetry of the Augustan period.
My first book, Spectacle and Society in Livy’s History (University of California Press, 1998), argued that Livy’s manipulation of viewers’ perspectives in his representation of the Roman past tapped into the political and religious power of spectacle in contemporary Roman. Playing Gods: Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the Politics of Fiction (Princeton University Press, 2010) examined the role of fictionality in the poem in light of other cultural discourses, especially in the visual arts. Both of these projects had the larger aim of highlighting the ambitious new claims about the role and power of literature made during this era of social, political, and cultural revolution and reconstruction.
I have also recently edited or co-edited collections of essays on classical historiography, The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Historians (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and The Oxford History of Historical Writing (Oxford University Press, 2011).
I was an undergraduate at Princeton (Class of 1985) and from there went to Berkeley, where I received my Ph.D. in 1991.