CV

Click here to access my CV on Academia.edu.

Research Interests

• Roman history of the late Republic and early Principate
• Pre-Islamic Iranian history
• Early imperial Latin poetry
• The Hellenistic East

Academic Employment

2019—present. Assistant Professor in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies — Pennsylvania State University

2018/19. Lecturer in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures & Research Associate at the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World — UCLA

2017/18. Postdoctoral Fellow — Getty Research Institute

Education

2017. PhD, Classics — Cornell University
Dissertation: “The Arsacids of Rome: Royal Hostages and Roman-Parthian Relations in the First Century CE.”
Adviser: Prof. Barry Strauss
Committee: Profs. Eric Rebillard, Sturt Manning, Lori Khatchadourian

2010. Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classical Studies — University of Pennsylvania

2007. B.A., Classics and Philosophy — Bard College

Teaching Experience

At UCLA

Spring 2019. History of the Sasanian Empire

At Oregon State University

Fall 2018. History of Western Civilization to 1000 CE (online class)

At Cornell University

Spring 2017. Elementary Latin II
Winter 2017. Greek Mythology (online class; Teaching Assistant)
Fall 2016. First Year Writing: Greek Myth (Virgil’s Aeneid)
Spring 2016. Elementary Latin II
Fall 2015. First Year Writing: Greek Myth (Homer’s Odyssey)
Fall 2012. History of Rome I (Teaching Assistant)
Spring 2012. Elementary Latin II
Fall 2011. Initiation to Greek Culture (Teaching Assistant)

Publications

In print

2019. “Lucan’s Parthians in Nero’s Rome.” Classical Philology 114 (4), 604–25.

2019. “Remembering Intervention: Parthia in Rome’s Civil Wars.” Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte 68 (3), 327–52.

2018. “Alexander between Rome and Persia: Politics, Ideology, and History.” In K. Moore (ed.), Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Alexander the Great, 197–232. Leiden: Brill.

2017. “The Seleucids Imprisoned: Arsacid-Roman Hostage Submission and its Hellenistic Precedents.” In J. Schlude and B. Rubin (eds), Arsacids, Romans, and Local Elites: Cross-Cultural Interactions of the Parthian Empire, 25–50. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

2015. “Horace and the Tiridates Episode.” Rheinisches Museum für Philologie 158 (3/4), 304–25.

2015. “Venus’ Boots and the Shadow of Caesar in Book 1 of Virgil’s Aeneid.” Classical Quarterly 65 (2), 689–92.

Forthcoming

“Arsacid Beverages in Lucan.” Accepted and forthcoming in Classical Quarterly.

“The Arsacids of Rome and Parthia’s ‘Iranian Revival’ in the First Century CE.” In J. Wiesehöfer and S. Boysen (eds), Iranian Words: Proceedings of the Eighth Symposium of the Melammu Project Held in Kiel, Germany, November 11–15, 2014. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.

“Exemplary History and Arsacid Genealogy in Tacitus, Annals 6.31.” Under review at Dabir.

“The Parthian Empire.” In J. Spier and S. Cole (eds), The Classical World in Context: Persia. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Trust.

Presentations

June 2019. “Fictive Kinship and Elite Networking in Parthian and Sasanian Iran.”
Talk delivered at Persianate Cultures of Power and Global Elite Networks, UC Irvine.

May 2019. “Did the Parthian Kings Hate Democracy?”
Talk delivered at Ancient Iran and the Classical World, UCLA/J. Paul Getty Museum.
— (recording available here and Q&A session here)

May 2019. “The Arsacids of Rome: Royal Fosterage and Interdynastic Kinship in the First Century CE.”
Talk delivered in the Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program, UC Santa Barbara.

May 2019. “From Captivity to Family: Iranian Perspectives on the Arsacids of Rome.”
Paper workshopped at The Mediterranean Seminar: Captivity & Ransom, Brown University.

July 2018. “From Anarchy to Family: Roman-Persian Relations and their Near-Eastern Foundations.”
Presented at the 64th Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Innsbruck, Austria.

April 2018. “Fish out of Water: Greek Deportees, Persian Empires, and the Classical Mediterranean.”
Presented at Ancient Persia and the West, UCLA/J. Paul Getty Museum.
— (recording available here)

April 2018. “Fish out of Water: Greek Deportees, Persian Empires, and the Classical Mediterranean.”
Presented at Xenophobia and Difference in the Pre- and Early Modern World, UC Berkeley.

February 2018. “The Greeks between Rome and Parthia: Iranian Revival and Hellenistic Eclipse in the First Century CE.”
Presented at Iran after Alexander: Hellenism in the East, UC Irvine.

February 2018. “Freed from Hostageship: Iranian Perspectives on the Arsacids of Rome.”
Presented at the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World, UCLA.

April 2017. “Lucan’s Parthians in Nero’s Rome.”
Presented at Lucan in his Contemporary Contexts, Brigham Young University (Provo).

January 2017. “Lucan’s Parthians in Nero’s Rome.”
Presented at the 148th Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies (Toronto).

January 2015. “A Bridge to Nowhere: Caligula’s Baiae Procession and its Models.”
Presented at the 146th Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies (New Orleans).

November 2014. “The Seleucids Imprisoned: Roman-Parthian Hostage Exchange and its Hellenistic Precedents.”
Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools for Oriental Research (San Diego).

November 2014. “The Arsacids of Rome and Parthia’s ‘Iranian Revival’ in the First Century CE.”
Presented at the Eighth Symposium of the Melammu Project (Kiel, Germany).

January 2014. “The Mercenary, the Polis, and an Athenian Inscription from the 4th Century BCE.”
Presented at the 145th Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies (Chicago).

November 2013. “Greek Mercenaries and the Achaemenid West.”
Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools for Oriental Research (Baltimore).

September 2013. “Alexander’s Exiles: The Greeks in the Eastern Cities.”
Presented at Alexander the Great in the East: History, Art, Tradition, University of Wroclaw, Poland.

January 2013. “The Origins of Alexander’s Eastern Cities: Deportation and Resettlement in the Persian and Macedonian Empires.”
Presented at the 144th Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association (Seattle).

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