Field archaeologist and artefact specialist, experienced in post-excavation management and aerial/satellite image interpretation. Also a practising copy-editor, proofreader, indexer, and typesetter, as well as a published writer and volume editor, book illustrator, and translator. Founding editor of the Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies. I am a specialist on the Roman army and Roman artefact studies with long-term interests in the archaeological applications of computing and all aspects of publishing in archaeology.
Rob is a lecturer in Archaeology in the School of History, Classics & Archaeology at Newcastle. Prior to joining Newcastle University, Rob was a Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
Ray Gleason is the popular author of the novel, The Violent Season, and of the Gaius Marius Chronicle, a series of historical fiction novels set in the late Roman Republic.His first book, A Grunt Speaks: A Devil’s Dictionary of Vietnam Infantry Terms, reflects his experience as an infantryman and ranger in Vietnam through an exploration of the jargon used by the infantrymen during the Vietnam war. A Grunt Speaks was recently featured in the NPR quiz show, Says You.Gleason continued his advocacy of the veterans of the Vietnam war in his novel, The Violent Season. In this book, Gleason presents the stories of what he calls the “lost generation of the 1960’s” – not the anti-war protestors and the Woodstock crowd – but the thousands of young Americans – men and women – who answered the call to duty in the jungles of southeast Asia and on the home-front.Gleason’s latest project, the Gaius Marius Chronicle, is the fictitious memoir of a retired Roman soldier, Gaius Marius Insubrecus, who served Caesar and his heir, Octavius, throughout the Gallic campaigns and in the Roman civil wars. The first novel of the series, The Gabinian Affair, was released by Morgan James Fiction in October, 2015. Book two, The Helvetian Affair, was released in May, 2106. The third book, The Swabian Affair, will be on bookshelves in March, 2017.Gleason received an MA and Ph.D. from Northwestern University where he teaches Medieval Literature. He received a BA in History and English from Hunter College in New York. Gleason also teaches writing at Purdue.Gleason is a decorated, retired, army Ranger officer, who served three combat tours in Vietnam. During his twenty-three-year military career, he participated in Operation Urgent Fury – the invasion of Grenada – anti-terrorist operations in the United States, humanitarian missions in Central America, and Operation Desert Storm. He recently retired from the Culver Academies where he developed and taught courses in leadership ethics.Gleason swaps his time between Chicago and northern Indiana with his wife, Jan Peyser, an award-winning silversmith jeweler the and the author of The Opera Cat.
Retired from the US Army
Romantic and Victorian literature generally, and in particular John Keats, Byron, and the Brontes.
Philosophy as applied to daily life; I value Roman Stoicism and have incoprorated much of its precepts, as expressed by Seneca, into my own philosophy. My blog explores Stoic and literary ideas as a guide to living.
Medieval lit: Malory and Malory MS, Middle English romance manuscripts
Romantics: Coleridge, Opus Maximum
Theory: the sublime since Kant
Other: C.S. Lewis and other Inklings
Late eighteenth and early nineteenth century literature; women writers of the period; the French Revolution; the intersection of politics and literature in the 1790s; Romantic-era theater and its afterlives; transatlantic dialogues and connections in the time of the Early Republic.