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Thomas J. Nelson

Thomas J. Nelson

Research Fellow in Classics, Corpus Christi College


Biography:

I completed a BA and MSt in Classics at University College, Oxford, before moving to Trinity College, Cambridge, for my PhD (‘Early Greek Indexicality: Markers of Allusion in Archaic Greek Poetry’). I am currently a Research Fellow in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Research Interests

Archaic, classical and Hellenistic Greek literature (esp. poetry); intertextuality and allusion; citation and quotation; (meta-)poetics; Hellenistic royal ideologies; the interrelation of image and text; Roman receptions of Greek (esp. Hellenistic) literature.

Research Supervision

I teach Greek and Latin language and literature, and I have supervised undergraduate dissertations on Greek lyric and tragedy.

Key Publications

Articles and Chapters

‘Attalid Aesthetics. The Pergamene “Baroque” Reconsidered’, in M. Leventhal and T. J. Nelson (eds.) Hellenistic Poetry Beyond Alexandria and the Callimachean Aesthetic. (forthcoming).

‘Beating the Galatians: Ideologies, Analogies and Allegories in Hellenistic Literature and Art’, in A. Coşkun (ed.) Towards a ‘New History of Ancient Galatia’, Colloquia Antiqua. Leuven (Peeters). (forthcoming).

‘Early Hellenistic Epic’, in M. Perale, J. Kwapisz, G. Taietti and B. Cartlidge (eds.) A Handbook to Hellenistic Poetry Before Callimachus. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press). (forthcoming).

‘Moero of Byzantium’, in B. Cartlidge, J. Kwapisz, M. Perale and G. Taietti (eds.) A Handbook to Hellenistic Poetry Before Callimachus. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press). (forthcoming).

‘Penelopean Simaetha: A Flawed Paradigm of Femininity in Theocritus’ Second Idyll’, in C. Cusset et al. (eds.) La féminité dans les arts hellénistiques: voix, genre, représentations. (forthcoming).

‘The Shadow of Aristophanes: Hellenistic Poetry’s Reception of Comic Poetics’, in M. A. Harder, R.F. Regtuit and G.C. Wakker (eds.) Drama and Performance in Hellenistic Poetry. Hellenistica Groningana 23. Leuven (Peeters): 225-271.

 

Reviews

C. Tsagalis (ed.), Poetry in Fragments: Studies on the Hesiodic Corpus and its Afterlife (Berlin, 2017). Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2018.07.33 [http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2018/2018-07-33.html]

D. Sider (ed.), Hellenistic Poetry. A Selection (Ann Arbor, 2017). Classical Review 68.1 (2018) 287. [https://doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X1700186X]

P. Linant de Bellefonds et al. (eds.), D’Alexandre à Auguste. Dynamiques de la création dans les arts visuels et la poésie (Rennes, 2015). Classical Review 67.1 (2017) 246-248. [https://doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X16002468]

S. A. Stephens, Callimachus: The Hymns (Oxford and New York, 2015). Mnemosyne 69.6 (2016) 1070-1073. [https://doi.org/10.1163/1568525X-12342221]

P. J. Kosmin, The Land of the Elephant Kings. Space, Territory, and Ideology in the Seleucid Empire (Cambridge MA and London, 2014). Classical Review 66.1 (2016) 180-182. [https://doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X15001663]

 

Dictionary/Encyclopedia Entries

‘Clôture, fermeture’ (Greek and Latin) in C. Urlacher & D. Meyer (eds.) Dictionnaire analytique de l’épigramme antique. Turnhout (Brepols). (forthcoming).

‘Équitation, Char’ (Latin) in J.-P. Guez, F. Klein, J. Peigney and E. Prioux (eds.) Dictionnaire des images métapoétiques anciennes. Paris (Classiques Garnier). (forthcoming).

‘Érudition’ (Greek) in C. Urlacher & D. Meyer (eds.) Dictionnaire analytique de l’épigramme antique. Turnhout (Brepols). (forthcoming).

‘Pas, Traces de pas’ (Greek and Latin) in J.-P. Guez, F. Klein, J. Peigney and E. Prioux (eds.) Dictionnaire des images métapoétiques anciennes. Paris (Classiques Garnier). (forthcoming).

‘Vol, Larcin’ (Greek and Latin) in J.-P. Guez, F. Klein, J. Peigney and E. Prioux (eds.) Dictionnaire des images métapoétiques anciennes. Paris (Classiques Garnier). (forthcoming).

 

For more information on my teaching and research (including a full list of publications and talks), please see my personal website and academia.edu page.

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