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Official Website of Roman Historian and Author

A History of the Roman Empire in 21 Women

A Rome of One's Own
UK: September 2023
US November 2023
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I received my PhD in Ancient/Late Antique History from the University of Birmingham in 2013, and a version on my thesis was published in 2017 as Marriage, Sex and Death: The Family and the Fall of the Roman West. After a few years teaching Ancient and Medieval history, followed by some years teaching academic writing. I quit academia because it is grim and started writing for my own enjoyment.

I co-host a history/comedy podcast with Janina Matthewson called History is Sexy.

Mostly I just truly love and hate the Romans and want to write about them with stupid jokes forever. You can commission me.

My Books

A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Agrippina the Younger

Marriage, Sex and Death

My Books

“At a moment when the study of classics struggles to escape its starchy, imperialist legacy, Southon’s cheeky enthusiasm feels like the path of salvation.” 

James Romm

Wall Street Journal

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