After taking a BA in Classics from Brasenose College, Oxford University, I was lucky enough to be the recipient of Thouron Award which allowed me to pursue an MA in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. This enabled me to dip my toes into a wide variety of disciplines at the graduate level, from the archaeology of Greek colonies to Latin historical linguistics, via Renaissance cultural history, before taking a break from the Classics for a year to try out English teaching and chicken farming in Chile, Italy, and deepest, darkest Connecticut. However, the call of the academy was louder than the crowing of the chickens and I returned to the US to start the Princeton Classics PhD program in Fall 2010. So far, I have been enjoying the opportunity to improve my languages and to increase my awareness of the endless research possibilities in the field of Classics, by participating in a number of stimulating seminars and survey courses. I have a particular interest in the presence of philosophical ideas in Latin literature, but am fascinated by the literature and thought of the ancient world in general, and, since coming to Princeton, have written seminar papers in satire and cynicism in the pseudo-Hippocratic epistles, the concept of ars in Seneca, and magic and medicine in Pliny the Elder.