Marguerite Johnson is Associate Professor of Ancient History and Classical Languages in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle. An interdisciplinary cultural historian and comparative cultural analyst, she is the author of four books and countless articles and chapters. Her research expertise is predominantly in the area of ancient Mediterranean cultural studies, particularly in representations of gender, sexualities and the body. She is especially interested in the ways in which the ancients write about women. Her books include Sappho (2007), Boudicca (2012), and Ovid on Cosmetics (2016). She is a regular contributor to The Conversation and the ABC.