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Greek (Ancient)

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Classical Civilisation

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Ph.D in Classics & Ancient History, University of Manchester, May 2016: A.R. 1.609-1077: An Intertextual and Interpretative Commentary

MPhil in Classics & Ancient History, University of Manchester, April 2011: ‘Unstable by Design’: The Programmatic Use of Perspective in Catullus 64

B.A. in Classics (1st), King’s College London, June 2001

First Handford Prize in Classics 2001
Ronald Burrows Memorial Studentship 2001
Warr Memorial Prize in Classics 1999

Subjects Taught:

2010-2017: Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Manchester. Seminar Leader on Literature modules and Tutor on Language modules. I taught literature to undergraduates at all levels (linguists and non-linguists), language to mixed undergraduate and postgraduate groups, graded written coursework (both formative and summative), and marked examination scripts.

2016-17: Poetry of Ovid
2015-16: The Odyssey; Gods, Kings & Heroes; Poetry of Catullus; Greek Tragedy, Stories & Storytelling; Advanced Latin 2
2014-15: Poetry of Catullus; Advanced Latin 2
2013-14: Advanced Latin 2
2012-13: Poetry of Ovid; Advanced Latin 1
2010-11: Greek Epic; Advanced Latin 3

2002-3: Department of Classics & Ancient History, King’s College London (Latin Language Levels 3 & 4).

Outreach work in Classics: Judged Sixth Form Latin and Greek Verse, on behalf of the Manchester Classical Association, at the annual Manchester Schools Reading Competition on four consecutive occasions (2013-16).

Tutoring Experience:

From 2010-17, I was employed as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester. I taught Advanced Latin (set-texts and language work) to mixed groups of undergraduate and postgraduate students, taking one group (average size 7-8) for the full academic year. I also gained considerable experience teaching on a variety of literature courses (average class size 12-15) as group seminar leader offering explication of themes and concepts and encouraging students to have confidence when suggesting and discussing their own readings.

A fundamental component of my own research in narrative is the microstructural e.g. location and interpretation of echoes within individual lines, noting use of evaluative language, attention to iconic word-order, to who is narrating, to who is focalising and so forth. Thus, beyond the requirements of accurate translation, I also encourage students to pay close attention to details and to potential nuance. I have led seminars on a range of Latin and Greek literature in translation: Catullus, Ovid, Apuleius, Homer, Greek Tragedy, Hesiod, Pindar, the Homeric Hymns, Herodotus and Apollonius.

Marking duties on language modules involved the formative assessment of written work (alternating unseens and prose composition) submitted on a fortnightly basis, and marking of mock papers/class tests. My duties on literature modules included assessment both formative and summative and marking final examination scripts for linguists and non-linguists (translations, commentaries and essays). I also held regular office hours for face-to-face feedback and consultation, offering advice on essay assignments, discussed plans and drafts, provided recommended reading and so on.

As a personal tutor, I teach language and literature at all levels from Beginner to Advanced. These are difficult subjects, requiring commitment, diligence and expert guidance. I take great pleasure when the advanced student produces their first piece of continuous prose composition, and great pleasure when the beginning linguist identifies the nouns, verbs and adjectives in a sentence and reconstructs the sense. Whether you are an adult learner keen to learn a language or tackle a particular text, a student seeking to improve their grades, or you’re working towards an ‘A’ level or GCSE, I can help you get there, and enjoy the process of getting there.

Tutoring Approach:

Flexible and thorough. I prefer, in the first instance, to establish the strengths and weaknesses of the student and work out a suitable approach from there. With language tutoring, I place great emphasis on the understanding and correct application of syntax as there is little sense drilling morphology into students without them grasping the sense of what they are attempting. I want my students to think, and not simply to recite. I strongly encourage composition from English into the relevant language as the surest means of comprehending the syntax of both languages and successfully navigating idiomatic usage.

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • University of Manchester (2016) - PhD Classics (Doctorate) (✔ On File)
  • University of Manchester (2011) - MPhil Classics (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • King's College, London (2001) - Classics 1st (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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