He has taught Roman history and literature at undergraduate level, and presented his research widely in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe, including at the Institute of Advanced Studies in London and the University of Oxford. He is the author of Gore Vidal and Antiquity: Sex, Politics and Religion (Routledge, 2022) and is currently writing a novel.
A specialist in classical reception studies, Quentin has always been fascinated by the past, and especially by the links between ancient and modern history. His doctoral thesis, ‘Assuming the purple: the rehabilitation of ancient Rome in Victorian culture, 1837-1901’, provided an interdisciplinary study of the changing profile of the Roman world over the nineteenth century. His current academic interests are centred on the reception of antiquity in the Anglophone world during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially how perceptions of imperial Rome evolved in Britain and the United States.
During his academic career, Quentin has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the National University of Ireland’s Mansion House Fund Scholarship and Prize in Irish History, a John and Pat Hume Fellowship from Maynooth University, and a Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council. He is a member of the Classical Association (U.K.), the Society for Classical Studies (U.S.A.), the British Association of Victorian Studies, the North American Victorian Studies Association, the American Studies Association and the European Association for American Studies.
”Verba volant, scripta manent.