Professor of Classics


Research Interests

Greek epigraphy, Greek religion, Greek culture and literature (esp. epigram, elegy, and Greek inscriptional poetry).

Having just completed an investigation of the concepts of inner purity and pollution in early Greek religion (i.e. purity/pollution of mind, soul, heart etc.), OUP 2016, Ivana Petrovic and I are at the moment exploring these ideas in various intercultural dialogues and interactions within wider Mediterranean context --  Egyptian, Jewish, and Christian -- of the Hellenistic and Imperial period. I am particularly interested in normative aspects of Greek religion and in the so-called "sacred laws", predominantly inscriptional texts which detail rules of various Greek rituals, from sacrifices to festivals, and in the cults and narratives concerning bound or otherwise impeded divinities.

I also have a long standing interest in Greek inscriptional poetry, a booming field which has over the past few years brought forth some truly spectacular new texts that have redefined many of our earlier assumptions about Greek literature more generally.


Selected Publications


  • Kommentar zu den simonideischen Versinschriften. (Mnemosyne Supplement 282), Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2007.
  • Archaic and Classical Greek Epigram. Contextualisation and Literarisation. Co-ed. with M. Baumbach and I. Petrovic. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion. Volume I. Early Greek Religion, Oxford et al.: Oxford University Press, co-authored with Ivana Petrovic, 2016.
  • The Materiality of Texts: Placements, Presences and Perceptions of Inscribed Texts in Classical Antiquity, co-edited with E. Thomas and A. Petrovic. Under contract with Studies in Greek and Roman Epigraphy Series, Brill Academic publishers, 2016.


  • "Casualty Lists in Performance. Name Catalogues and Greek Verse-Inscriptions," in F. Montanari / A. Rengakos / E. Sistakou (eds.), Dialect, Diction and Style in Greek Literary and Inscribed Epigram. Trends in Classics 9. Berlin-New York: De Gruyter 2016, 359-388.
  • "Archaic Funerary Epigram and Hektor’s Imagined Epitymbia," in: A. Efstathiou / I. Karamanou (eds.), Homeric Receptions: Literature and the Performing Arts, Berlin-New York: De Gruyter 2016, 45-58.
  • "Greek Sacred Laws," in: J. Kindt, / E. Eidinow / R. Osborne (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion., OUP, Oxford et al. 2015, 339-352.
  • "Kommentar zu den Epitymbia Poseidipps," (Introduction and eps. 42-50), in: B. Seidensticker / A. Staehli / A. Wessels (eds.), Poseidippos. Die neuen Epigramme. Darmstadt: WBG 2015, 183-211.
  • "On Ritual Pollution by Seeing: I.Lindos II 487.1-3 and Hdt. 2.37.5," Gephyra. Journal for the Ancient History and Cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean 11, 2014 (with I. Petrovic), 29-36.
  • "Authority and Generic Heterogeneity of Greek Sacred Regulations," in: W. Eck / P. Funke (eds.), Öffentlichkeit, Monument, Text. Akten des XIV Congressus internationalis epigraphiae Graecae et Latinae, Berlin 2014 (with I. Petrovic), 626-628.
  • "Sacred laws," in: Bagnall, R., Brodersen, K., Champion, C.B., Erskine, A. & Huebner, S.R., The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Blackwell Publishing 2013, 3966–3967.
  • "The Battle of Marathon in Pre-Herodotean Sources," in: Ch. Carey / M. Edwards, Marathon – 2,500 Years, Institute of Classical Studies, BICS Suppl. 124, London, 2013, 45-61.
  • "An Epigram and a Treasury: on Sim. FGE XXXIIIb," Classical Quarterly, 63.2, 2013, 864-868.
  • "Inscribed Epigram in Orators and Epigrammatic Collections," in: P. Low / P. Liddel (eds.), Inscriptions and their Uses in Greek and Latin Literature, Oxford: OUP, 2013, 197-214.
  • "Tieropferrituale in den griechischen Zauberpapyri aus ästhetischer Sicht," in: A. Bierl / A. Honold (eds.), Ästhetik des Opfers. Zeichen und Handlungen in Ritual und Spiel, München: W. Fink Verlag, 2012, 35-62.
  • "Sepulchral Epigram for Philadelphos (a Fallen Soldier?)," Mnemosyne 63.4, 2010, 616-624.
  • "Two New Honorary Epigrams for Pollion of Aphrodisias," ZPE 172, 2010, (with P. DeStaebler and M. Skountakis), 38-42.
  • "True Lies of Athenian Public Epigrams: Rituals, Half-Truths and Propaganda in the Aftermath of the Persian Wars," in: M. Baumbach, / A. Petrovic / I. Petrovic (eds.), Archaic and Classical Greek Epigram, Cambridge: CUP, 2010, 202-215.
  • "Introduction to Archaic and Classical Epigram," in: M. Baumbach / A. Petrovic / I. Petrovic (eds.), Archaic and Classical Greek Epigram, Cambridge: CUP, 2010 (with M. Baumbach and I. Petrovic), 1-20.
  • "Epigrammatic Contests, Poeti Vaganti and Local History," in: R. Hunter / I. Rutherford (eds.), Wandering Poets in Ancient Greek Culture: Travel, Locality and Panhellenism, Cambridge: CUP, 2009, 161-183.
  • "Inscribed Epigram in Pre-Hellenistic Literary Sources," in: P. Bing / J. Bruss (eds.), Down to Philipp: The Brill Companion to Hellenistic Epigram, Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2007, 48-68.
  • "Look Who’s Talking Now: Speaker and Communication in Greek Metrical Sacred Regulations," in: E. Stavrianopoulou (ed.), Ritual and Communication, Suppl. 16, Liège : Kernos Suppl. 16, 2006 (with I. Petrovic), 111-139.
  • "'Kunstvolle Stimme der Steine, sprich!' Zur Intermedialität der griechischen epideiktischen Epigramme," Antike und Abendland 51, 2005, 30-42.
  • "Under Full Sail: Trimalchio’s Way into Eternity," Acta Antiqua 45, 2005, 85-90.
  • "Akoè e autopsía. Zu den Quellen Herodots für die Thermopylai-Epigramme (Hdt. 7,228)," in: A. Hornung / Ch. Jäkel / W. Schubert (eds.), Studia humanitatis ac litterarum trifolio Heidelbergensi dedicata. Festschrift für E. Christmann, W. Edelmeier, R. Kettemann, Frankfurt: W. Fink Verlag, 2004, 255-273.
  • "Stop and Smell the Statues. Callimachus Ep. 51. Pf. Reconsidered (Four Times)," Materiali e Discussioni 51, 2003 (with I. Petrovic), 179-208.
  • "Bemerkungen zur Sprache des Wächters in der sophokleischen Antigone anhand seines ersten Auftritts (223ff.)," Museum Helveticum 60, 2003, 193-209.
  • "Der simonideische makròs lógos und die sophokleische Antigone. Zur Identifizierung einer alten dramatischen Gestaltungsweise," Phaos: Revista de Estudos Clássicos 2, 2002, 121-131.



I was born in what is today Croatia, got my diploma in Classics at Belgrade University (Serbia), and a PhD from Heidelberg University. Before joining UVA I taught at Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich for a year, Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg for three years, and spent a decade at Durham University in the North East of England. In my free time, I enjoy walks with my dog, Mr Miyagi.