Fiona Radford completed her PhD in Ancient History at Macquarie University, Australia (2012). Her research focuses on the ancient epics of the golden era of Hollywood, particularly the production history of Spartacus (1960). Fiona has published articles on Spartacus in popular culture in Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives, the Wiley Blackwell Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome on Film and the journal Classicum. Her work on Spartacus has been brought to the screen through partnership with TED-Ed and reached an audience of over 3M. She is the co-host of The Partial Historians podcast with Dr Peta Greenfield which is a detailed exploration of ancient Roman history.
The Empress Messalina has received more than her fair share of attention in popular culture, mostly likely due to her scandalous reputation in the ancient sources. What is often overlooked is that she was also a political force in Rome’s first imperial dynasty.