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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 finishing 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.

Other Professional Activities

Faculty Positions

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

College Positions

  • Director of Studies (Part II), Corpus Christi, 2019-

External Positions

  • Editorial Board of Hellenistica Groningana, 2020-
  • Research Associate of the Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies, 2020-

Key Publications

Articles and Chapters

 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.

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