Assistant Professor, General Faculty

434-924-6672
B007, Cocke Hall
dwm7a@virginia.edu

Research Interests

 

My research focuses primarily on Greek and Roman historiography. This includes an interest in the connections between historiography and other areas of study such as science and technology, political thought, and practices of leadership. 

 

My current book project -- Polybius: Experience and the Lessons of History -- explores the conflict in Polybius' work between the unrivaled value of learning from personal experience and his emphasis on the instructional purpose of history. To clarify Polybius' views on the proper pathway to true knowledge, my study traces the development of prominent figures -- such as Hannibal and Scipio Africanus -- as the learn from these methods in the course of Polybius' historical narrative.

 

Publications

 

Articles

 “Learning from Experience: Polybius and the Progress of Rome.” Classical Quarterly 67 (2017), 132-148.

“Proof through the Night: Representations of Fire-signaling in Greek Historiography.” Histos (forthcoming).

 

Reviews:

review of Moral History from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus, by L. I. Hau (2016). RSR (submitted).

review of Polybius and His World: Essays in Memory of F. W. Walbank, edited by B. Gibson and T. Harrison (2013). RSR 40.3.153.

 

Personal:

I received my Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Virginia in 2013. I subsequently taught at James Madison University and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville before returning to UVA in 2016.