*Author, Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician (Random House, June 4, 2002)
*Visiting Professor of Arts and Cultural Policy, Nottingham Trent University, England
*Latin Teacher, University High School, Irvine, Calif.
*Assistant Managing Editor, Variety Magazine
*Director of Career Placement, St. John's College, Annapolis, Md.
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