Dr Diana Spencer

Dr Diana Spencer

Diana Spencer came from Ireland to study and went on to take her Phd in Classics at the University of Cambridge, where she worked on the Roman author Q. Curtius Rufus and his very Roman 'history' of Alexander the Great. Her first book, The Roman Alexander: Reading a Cultural Myth (tackling the idea of cultural identity by exploring the elite Roman obsession with Alexander), was based on this. Her research involves issues as widespread as Latin lyric verse, historiography, philosophy, and identity. More recently she has been studying the ancient city, and in particular the city of Rome as it has been presented in history and literature from antiquity to the present. Director, College of Arts and Law Graduate School Reader in Roman Intellectual Culture