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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. From 2019, I am also Director of Studies for Part II at Corpus Christi.

Other Professional Activities

Faculty Postdoctoral Representative, 2018-2019

Key Publications

Articles and Chapters

  • ‘Attalid Aesthetics. The Pergamene ‘Baroque’ Reconsidered’, Journal of Hellenic Studies (forthcoming) 
  • ‘"Most Musicall, Most Melancholy": Avian Aesthetics of Lament in Greek and Roman Elegy’, Dictynna (forthcoming) 
  • ‘Nicander's Hymn to Attalus: Pergamene Panegyric’, Cambridge Classical Journal​ (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.) 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)
  • ‘Metapoetic Manoeuvres Between Callimachus and Apollonius: A Response to Annette Harder’, Aevum Antiquum (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
  • ‘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 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

Classical Archaeology Seminar

Oct 15, 2019

1.04

Literature Seminar

Oct 16, 2019

1.04

Philosophy Seminar

Oct 17, 2019

1.11

Becoming Classical: art and the revolution in values in fifth-century B.C. Greece

Oct 19, 2019

G19, Faculty of Classics, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

The B Club

Oct 21, 2019

1.11

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