Maria Wyke was born in London in 1957. She was educated at Catholic schools and studied classics at Somerville College, Oxford University (1976-1980). She subsequently completed her Ph.D. at Kings College, University of Cambridge. Wyke began her academic career at Manchester University from where she joined Queen’s College, Oxford University and went on to the University of North London and Newnham College. She joined University College, London, in September 2005 as professor of Latin. Her research relates to Latin love poetry and the interpretation of the roles of men and women in the ancient world. She is co-director of the Centre for Research in the Dynamics of Civilisation (CREDOC) and deputy Director of UCL's Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Programmes (CHIRP). Wyke has written on the role of the figure of Julius Caesar in Western culture, editing a collection of essays on the subject that was published by Blackwell in 2006 (Julius Caesar in Western Culture), authoring Caesar: A Life in Western Culture (Granta, 2007; University of Chicago, 2008) and more recently writing Caesar in the USA which was published by University of California Press in 2012
Martin Winkler is University Professor and Professor of Classics. His classical education began in Münster, Germany, at the Gymnasium Paulinum, founded A.D. 797. His books are The Persona in Three Satires of Juvenal (1983), Der lateinische Eulenspiegel des Ioannes Nemius (1995; reissued 2013), Cinema and Classical Texts: Apollo’s New Light (2009), and The Roman Salute: Cinema, History, Ideology (2009), and Arminius the Liberator: Myth and Ideology (2015). He also edited the Penguin Classics anthology Juvenal in English (2001) and the essay collections Classics and Cinema (1991), Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema (2001), Gladiator: Film and History (2004), Troy: From Homer’s Iliad to Hollywood Epic (2006), Spartacus: Film and History (2007), The Fall of the Roman Empire: Film and History (2009), and Return to Troy: New Essays on the Hollywood Epic (2015).He is the author of more than ninety articles, book chapters, reviews, etc. His new book, Antiquity and Cinema: Affinities of Imagination, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.