About Benjamin Phillips

I am Benjamin Phillips, an MA student in History at Ohio University. My primary field is Late Antique Intellectual and Literary History, with my thesis studying the reception of Vergil in the context of the early 5th-century political troubles. My secondary field is Early Modern British History, with a special focus on English Puritanism. As a practicing Christian, I am also very interested in Reformed Theology and Biblical Studies. When I'm not reading, I enjoy relaxing with my wife and daughter or hanging out with friends over a beverage or board game.

Benjamin Phillips is an MA student in History at Ohio University. His primary field is Late Antique Intellectual and Literary History.

NBN Episodes hosted by Benjamin:

Timothy G. Anderson and Brian Schoen, "Settling Ohio: First Peoples and Beyond" (Ohio UP, 2023)

June 17, 2024

Settling Ohio

Timothy G. Anderson and Brian Schoen

Scholars working in archaeology, education, history, geography, and politics tell a nuanced story about the people and dynamics that reshaped this reg…

Andrea Cucchiarelli, "A Commentary on Virgil's Eclogues" (Oxford UP, 2023)

May 21, 2024

A Commentary on Virgil's Eclogues

Andrea Cucchiarelli

Virgil's Eclogues are a fundamental text of Western literature that served as a model for the nascent poetry of the Augustan and later of the Imperial…

Neil Bernstein, "The Complete Works of Claudian" (Routledge, 2022)

February 7, 2024

The Complete Works of Claudian

Neil Bernstein

Neil Bernstein's The Complete Works of Claudian (Routledge, 2022) offers a modern, accurate, and accessible translation of Claudian's work, published …

Kyle Gervais et al., "Lucan and Flavian Epic" (Brill, 2023)

January 19, 2024

Lucan and Flavian Epic

Kyle Gervais, Randall Pogorzelski, and Sarah Graham-Shaughnessy

Roman imperial epic is enjoying a moment in the sun in the twenty-first century, as Lucan, Valerius Flaccus, Statius, and Silius Italicus have all bee…

Abigail Agresta, "The Keys to Bread and Wine: Faith, Nature, and Infrastructure in Late Medieval Valencia" (Cornell UP, 2022)

December 6, 2023

The Keys to Bread and Wine

Abigail Agresta

How did medieval people think about the environments in which they lived? In a world shaped by God, how did they treat environments marked by religi…

Rebecca Kingston, "Plutarch's Prism: Classical Reception and Public Humanism in France and England, 1500–1800" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

September 14, 2023

Plutarch's Prism

Rebecca Kingston

Throughout the early modern period, political theorists in France and England drew on the works of Plutarch to offer advice to kings and princes. Eliz…

Sarah Ruden, "Vergil: The Poet's Life" (Yale UP, 2023)

September 10, 2023


Sarah Ruden

The Aeneid stands as a towering work of Classical Roman literature and a gripping dramatization of the best and worst of human nature. In the process …

Jared Secord, "Christian Intellectuals and the Roman Empire: From Justin Martyr to Origen" (Penn State UP, 2020)

September 9, 2023

Christian Intellectuals and the Roman Empire

Jared Secord

Early in the third century, a small group of Greek Christians began to gain prominence and legitimacy as intellectuals in the Roman Empire. Examinin…

Michael S. Roth, "The Student: A Short History" (Yale UP, 2023)

September 7, 2023

The Student

Michael S. Roth

In The Student: A Short History (Yale UP, 2023), Michael S. Roth narrates a vivid and dynamic history of students, exploring some of the principal mod…