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Sinead Brennan-McMahon

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Sinead Brennan-McMahon

PhD Candidate - Language and Literature
M.A. in Latin with First Class Honours, The University of Auckland, 2018
Dip.Lang. in Ancient Greek, The University of Auckland, 2018
B.A.(Hons) in Latin with First Class Honours, The University of Auckland, 2015
B.A. in Latin, The University of Auckland, 2014

Sinead Brennan-McMahon joined the Stanford department in 2019. 

Sinead comes from Auckland, New Zealand, where she received her M.A.. Her M.A. thesis examined the reception of Martial’s sexually obscene homosexual epigrams in school texts and commentaries. Using a comprehensive statistical analysis, she argued that Victorian editors of Martial’s Epigrams expurgated the text to remove references to material they found offensive and to curate a culturally appropriate view of the ancient world for their schoolboy readers. 

Her current research focuses on developing software tools to make Latin textual criticism more efficient and accessible. She is also interested in the Digital Humanities more widely, Martial, obscenity, and Reception Studies.


Autumn 2020-2021
Advanced Greek: Plato
Spring 2020-2021
Intermediate Latin: Vergil