My latest book is a collection of 500 aphorisms, entitled D (i.e. 500), in the French aphoristical tradition. I have published three historical novels set in ancient Rome, aimed at Young Adult readers (age 11-15), The Roman Conspiracy, The Ancient Ocean Blues, and Chariots of Gaul. I have published some review essays in the Literary Review of Canada.
In poetry, my main effort has been to revive performance-oriented narrative poetry in the Homeric style, which I've done with a poem called The Plains of Abraham. Lasting about an hour, a performance recreates the exciting Siege of Quebec of 1759. I am now working on an alliterative poem about the Halifax Explosion of 1917. I enjoy composing lyric poems in English, French, and Latin. I have translated some Satires of Juvenal, some Elegies of Propertius, and some other, shorter ancient poems.
In scholarship, I have worked on the relationship between performance, secondary education, and scholarship in antiquity; on theoretical problems of translation, especially in terms of Gerard Manley Hopkins and William Morris; and on scattered points of Homeric scholarship.
My hobbies include reading, playing the piano, playing Go, and historical miniatures. I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I'm an Associate Professor of Classics at Dalhousie University. I have an imprint called AUL Press. I'm married and have two children. My favourite authors are Homer, Ovid, La Rochefoucauld, Dryden, Dr. Johnson, Thomas Macaulay, R. L. Stevenson, J. R. R. Tolkien, Edmund Wilson, Kenneth Clark, George Orwell, Barbara Tuchman, and Gore Vidal.