Research

I have nearly finished drafting a book—a revised and expanded version of my dissertation—on Augustine’s Confessionsin which I interpret the narrative of the work as a whole in light of Augustine’s conception of memory and time as presented in Books 10 and 11. To complement the book, I have an article forthcoming in Augustinian Studies on Augustine’s conversion story and another in progress on his conception of time as a distentio animi.

The book belongs to a larger research program on memory, time, and death in Graeco-Roman and early Christian thought. In addition to the book, this program has inspired two articles, both currently in progress: the first is on the Sibyl’s role in Vergil’s sixth Aeneid; the second on Dionysus’ journey in Aristophanes’ Frogs.

I also maintain a healthy interest in ancient medicine. Yet another of my projects argues that the obscure late antique Hippocratic text, entitled Critical Days, may well be our first (and only) example of an actual school examination from antiquity.

For my pedagogical publications, see under “AGDA” and my article on teaching critical thinking skills by means of ancient philosophy (“Latin Philosophy for Kids: Introducing Ancient Philosophy to the Latin Classroom,” New England Classical Journal 34.1 [2007]: 42-52).

For my BMCR review of Andrea Nightingale’s Once out of Nature: Augustine on Time and the Body (U. of Chicago Press, 2011), see my review of Nightingale.

For my review of David van Dusen’s The Space of Time: A Sensualist Interpretation of Time in Augustine, Confessions X to XII (Brill, 2014) in The Journal of the History of Philosophy, see my review of van Dusen.

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