Dr Paul Burton is a Lecturer in Roman History at the Australian National University. He is a specialist in ancient Greek and Roman friendship, and Roman diplomacy and imperialism during the Republican period. He is the author of Friendship and Empire: Roman Diplomacy and Imperialism in the Middle Republic (353 - 146 BC) (Cambridge UP, 2011), as well as numerous articles on diverse topics, including ancient international law, George Orwell and the Classics, the influence of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex on Alfred Hitchcock’s film, The Birds, and comparisons of the modern United States to Ancient Rome in global current affairs literature and print journalism between 2000 and 2010..
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