Classically Inclined

About me

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Thanks for coming by!

I’ve always been classically inclined, ever since my first encounter with a history book (the fabulous Usborne Book of World History), when I’m informed I used to turn between the pages that covered the Greeks and the Romans again and again. The books on Greek myth were the ones I would take out of my classroom bookshelves in primary school; I picked up Latin at secondary school in year eight (so at about age twelve); I carried on to do my GCSE and A-level… and it just seemed natural to go on and do a B.A., an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. after that. (Obviously this story glosses over a lot of good luck and privilege.)

I studied for my B.A. and M.Phil. at Newnham College, Cambridge, and for my Ph.D. at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. I finished my Ph.D. in May 2011 and then moved back to the UK to pursue my academic career here – it’s good to have visited the American system, but there’s no place like home. I spent two years as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Birmingham before joining the Classics department at Royal Holloway, University of London, where I’m now a Reader in Classics.

My research interests are pretty broad:

  • Seneca – my book on the ethics of the family in Seneca’s philosophy is now out (and a perfect gift for your loved ones, obviously). You can find a Plain English Guide to the thesis that the book grew from here. I’m also working on some thoughts on fathers and rulers in Seneca’s political philosophy, and plan to get stuck into looking at his tragedies using the same theoretical approach I use in the book.
  • Classical reception – my recent book looks at the reception of classical monsters in popular culture. I’m also interested in the reception of classics in young adult fiction.
  • The history of classics – I have a chapter on women classicists in the early years of Newnham College in Women Classical Scholars, and I’m interested in how women come to be professional academic classicists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • Latin literature more broadly – I’m developing an article thinking about the use of space theory in understanding gender on the Roman comic stage of Plautus.
  • Roman Stoicism, the Roman family and social history, all of which feed into my reading and interpretation of Latin literature.

You can find details of my publications, papers and work outside academia elsewhere on the site.

If you’re thinking about potential PhD study, I’m interested in supervising work looking at Seneca, the Roman Stoics, and other topics related to my research interests. Please do drop me a line.

I’m also the Administrator and a founding member of the Women’s Classical Committee UK, and an Editorial Consultant for the Online Companion to The Worlds of Roman Women.

This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts about research, teaching and my continuing development as an academic. I hope you enjoy sojourning with me.

Contact Me

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Entry in Royal Holloway’s Database of Experts, for press contacts:





  1. I love this blog: so nice to read something from ‘outside’ my own genre. Found your comments on my last blog post useful, thanks. All the best.

    Comment by Ian Robson — April 26, 2011 @ 3:25 am | Reply

    • Thanks for coming by! Glad you enjoyed the blog, and glad that my thoughts on your statement were useful too.

      Comment by lizgloyn — April 26, 2011 @ 7:51 am | Reply

  2. I just found this blog whilst avoiding studying for my Latin exam. It’s great, I love it, keep up the good work!

    Comment by Claire — November 7, 2012 @ 6:46 am | Reply

    • Glad you enjoyed it – thanks for commenting!

      Comment by lizgloyn — November 7, 2012 @ 11:44 am | Reply

  3. I just stumbled across this blog, and it’s really great to hear what you think about Classical topics. Awesome work!

    Comment by Carla Schodde — July 18, 2013 @ 4:18 am | Reply

  4. Brexit and soccer – England is all out of Europe – good to see some European-minded people remaining. Nice blog.

    Comment by Johs. Thomsen — June 28, 2016 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

  5. […] I will say that I’ve shared before that one of the formative influences on me as a child was an Usbourne illustrated book, so being part of a project which might inspire the next generation of classicists feels like a […]

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