I am a second-year Ph.D. student studying ancient history under Dr. Rosenstein. My primary interest is the broad social and cultural aspects of ancient warfare, and my main focus is on the use and motivations of mercenaries throughout the ancient world. This pursuit keeps me bouncing back and forth between Classical Greece and Imperial Rome, as well as taking detours into Near Eastern and Sicilian history, since mercenaries went wherever the money was. Chasing mercenaries has also led me into such tangential subjects as the role of the poor in warfare in Classical Athens and other aspects of the interaction between warfare, society, and class in that city. When I'm not doing school work, I'm usually spending time with wife and two sons or playing computer games.