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Dr Thomas J. Nelson

Dr Thomas J. Nelson

Research Fellow in Classics, Corpus Christi College


Biography:

I am currently a Research Fellow in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (2018-2021). I completed a BA (2013) and MSt (2014) in Classics at University College, Oxford, before moving to Trinity College, Cambridge, for my PhD (2018). 

Research Interests

My research focuses on the poetics and politics of Greek poetry from the archaic period to the Hellenistic world. I'm currently writing a book on the 'pre-Alexandrian footnote' and other markers of intertextuality in archaic Greek poetry, from Homer to Pindar. 

My other major research interest lies in the field of Hellenistic poetry, where I'm especially interested in the fragments and traces of poetic traditions beyond Ptolemaic Alexandria. In particular, I'm currently studying Attalid and Seleucid poetic traditions, as well as Hellenistic epic fragments.

I'm very open to any kind of collaborative research and always happy to be contacted about any ideas for collaboration, however preliminary.

Research Supervision

I supervise a variety of classical subjects, focusing on Greek and Latin Languages and Literature.

This year, I am lecturing on Greek Epic, Greek Lyric and Euripides' Medea. I have previously lectured on 'Persians in Greek Literature', Virgil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Practical Criticism, and the 'Limits of the Classical World'.

I have supervised undergraduate dissertations on Greek Lyric and Tragedy.

I am also Director of Studies for Part II at Corpus Christi.

Other Professional Activities

Faculty Positions

  • Access and Outreach Committee Member, 2020-
  • Founder and co-convener of the Faculty Postdoc Work-in-Progress Seminar, 2019-
  • Postdoctoral Representative, 2018-2019

 External Positions

  • Editorial Board of Hellenistica Groningana, 2020-

Key Publications

Articles and Chapters

  • 'Repeating the Unrepeated: Allusions to Homeric Hapax Legomena in Archaic and Classical Greek Poetry' in D. Beck (ed.), Repetition, Communication, and Meaning in the Ancient World (Orality and Literacy XIII, Mnemosyne Suppl.), Leiden (Brill) (forthcoming)
  • 'Talk and Text: The Pre-Alexandrian Footnote from Homer to Theodectes', in A. Kelly & H.L. Spelman (eds.) Texts and Intertexts in Archaic and Classical Greece, Cambridge (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming) 
  • 'Tragic Noise and Rhetorical Frigidity in Lycophron’s Alexandra', Classical Quarterly (with K. Molesworth) (forthcoming)
  • ‘Attalid Aesthetics: The Pergamene ‘Baroque’ Reconsidered’, Journal of Hellenic Studies (forthcoming) 
  • The Coma Stratonices: Royal Hair Encomia and Ptolemaic-Seleucid Rivalry?’, in J.H. Klooster, M.A. Harder, R.F. Regtuit and G.C. Wakker (eds.) Women and Power in Hellenistic Poetry, Hellenistica Groningana. Leuven (Peeters) (forthcoming)
  • ‘The Poetics of Play in Hellenistic Epigram’, in S. Hayes and P. Martin (eds.) Trifling Matters: Nugatory Poetics and Comic Seriousness (forthcoming) 
  • ‘Beating the Galatians: Ideologies, Analogies and Allegories in Hellenistic Literature and Art’, in A. Coşkun (ed.) Galatian Victories and Other Studies into the Agency and Identity of the Galatians in the Hellenistic and Early-Roman Periods, Colloquia Antiqua 33. Leuven (Peeters) (forthcoming)
  • ‘Early Hellenistic Epic’, in M. Perale, J. Kwapisz, G. Taietti and B. Cartlidge (eds.) Hellenistic Poetry Before Callimachus. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming)
  • ‘Moero of Byzantium’, in B. Cartlidge, J. Kwapisz, M. Perale and G. Taietti (eds.) Hellenistic Poetry Before Callimachus. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming)
  • ‘Metapoetic Manoeuvres Between Callimachus and Apollonius: A Response to Annette Harder’, Aevum Antiquum 17 (2020) (forthcoming)
  • ‘Penelopean Simaetha: A Flawed Paradigm of Femininity in Theocritus’ Second Idyll’,  in C. Cusset, P. Belenfant and C.-E. Nardone (eds.) (2020) Féminités hellénistiques: Voix, genre, représentations. Hellenistica Groningana 25. Leuven (Peeters): 387-405
  • ‘Nicander's Hymn to Attalus: Pergamene Panegyric’, Cambridge Classical Journal FirstView 2019
  • ‘"Most Musicall, Most Melancholy": Avian Aesthetics of Lament in Greek and Roman Elegy’, Dictynna 16 (2019) 1-47 
  • ‘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

 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 du poétique dans l'Antiquité. 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 du poétique dans l'Antiquité. Paris (Classiques Garnier) (forthcoming)
  • ‘Vol, Larcin’ (Greek and Latin) in J.-P. Guez, F. Klein, J. Peigney and E. Prioux (eds.) Dictionnaire des images du poétique dans l'Antiquité. 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

Illustrating Ancient History: Bringing the Past to the Present

Nov 03, 2020

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

Conservation in Action: the Bassae Frieze

Dec 08, 2020

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

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