When Keating read Suetonius’ biographies of the Roman emperors in high school, he realized that the ancient world was where he needed to be; barring a time machine, Classics offered the best means of entry. Keating went on to pursue his undergraduate studies in Classics at Columbia and Cambridge, taking his BA magna cum laude and winning Columbia’s Douglas Gardner Caverly Prize for a thesis addressing the significance of gendered sound in Aeschylus’ Seven Against Thebes. He then completed a PhD in Classical Philology at Harvard, where he authored a dissertation on the role of nostalgia in fifth-century BCE Athenian conceptions of autocracy. He has published on the Greek literary adaptation of Achaemenid punitive practice, and has presented his work at conferences in Greece, Britain, and the United States.
Keating has had the privilege of teaching and mentoring students in a variety of settings. At Harvard, he has been the primary instructor of numerous introductory Greek and Latin language courses, has twice served as the Head Teaching Fellow for a lecture course of two hundred students, and has designed and taught two seminars for advanced undergraduates. Keating is a nine-time winner of Harvard’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching. He has also co-advised a senior thesis, working closely with the thesis writer to develop her research and expository skills. In his work with Cambridge Coaching, Keating is passionate about working with students and writers at every stage of their process, from constructing their arguments to expressing themselves effectively.
In his free time, Keating is an outdoorsman and an exhibited photographer. He has a deep interest in connections between the classical world and contemporary culture, meaning that he is always delighted to chat about the similarities between recent rap music and Greek lyric poetry!