My current research project, Sport and the Spectacle of Violence in Antiquity and the Italian Renaissance, is a comparative project that focuses on two related subjects:
- the Renaissance reception and interpretation of Ancient sport and spectacle. This includes Greek athleticism, Spartan physical education, and the Olympic games, and the ancient Roman games and spectacles, including gladiator shows, large hunts, and chariot racing.
- Renaissance physical education, spectacles, sport, and entertainment, including tournaments, mock battles, hunting, dance, and public punishments and executions. Themes treated include gender, masculinity, education, violence, spectatorship and entertainment, and animal cruelty.