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Dr Thomas J. Nelson

Dr 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

  • 'The Poetics of Play in Hellenistic Epigram', in S. Hayes and P. Martin (eds.) Trifling Matters: Nugatory Poetics and Comic Seriousness (forthcoming) 
  • 'Metapoetic Manoeuvres Between Callimachus and Apollonius: A Response to Annette Harder', Aevum Antiquum (2019) (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.) (2018) Drama and Performance in Hellenistic Poetry. Hellenistica Groningana 23. Leuven (Peeters): 225-271

 

Reviews

  • R. Rawles, Simonides the Poet: Intertextuality and Reception (Cambridge, 2018). Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2019.02.46 [http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2019/2019-02-46.html]
  • 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.

Upcoming events

Lights! Camera! Action!

Aug 21, 2019

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

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