Dr Thomas J Nelson

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Academic Background

As a student, I completed my BA and MSt at Univ and my PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge. I then took up a Research Fellowship at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (2018–21), before returning to Oxford as a Stipendiary lecturer at Wadham (2021–22) and a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2021–).

Research Interests

My research focuses on the poetics and politics of Greek poetry from the archaic period to the Hellenistic world. I’m particularly interested in rethinking traditional narratives of literary history, an aspiration which is reflected in the two main strands of my current research: first, I explore the (dis)continuities between the intertextual practices of archaic/classical poets and those of later literary cultures; and second, I aim to unearth the distinctive aesthetics and priorities of Hellenistic poets located beyond Ptolemaic Alexandria. I’ve recently completed a book on Markers of Allusion in Archaic Greek Poetry (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press), and I am now working on Hellenistic epic fragments. I’m also currently editing volumes on Pergamon’s influence at Rome and on collaboration in ancient literature.

Research Keywords

Greek literature, Homer, epic, lyric, tragedy, comedy, Hellenistic poetry, intertextuality and allusion, citation and quotation, aesthetics, (meta-)poetics, Hellenistic royal ideologies, Roman receptions of Greek (esp. Hellenistic) literature.
 

Teaching

Greek literature, Latin literature, Greek language, Latin language.

Publications

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Monographs

Nelson, T.J. (forthcoming 2022) Markers of Allusion in Archaic Greek Poetry. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press).

 

Journal Articles

Nelson, T.J. (forthcoming 2022) “Iphigenia in the Iliad and the Architecture of Homeric Allusion”, TAPA 152.

Nelson, T.J. (2022) “Intertextual Agōnes in Archaic Greek Epic: Penelope vs. the Catalogue of Women”, Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic 5: 25–57.

Nelson, T.J. (2021) “Archilochus’ Cologne Epode and Homer’s Quivering Spear (fr. 196a.52 IEG2)”, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 219: 4–7.

Nelson, T.J. (2021) “Achilles’ Heel: (Im)mortality in the Iliad”, Omnibus 82: 7–9.

Nelson, T.J. and Molesworth, K. (2021) “Tragic Noise and Rhetorical Frigidity in Lycophron’s Alexandra”, Classical Quarterly 71.1: 200–215. [https://doi.org/10.1017/S0009838821000409].

Nelson, T.J. (2020) “Attalid Aesthetics: The Pergamene ‘Baroque’ Reconsidered”, Journal of Hellenic Studies 140: 176–198 [https://doi.org/10.1017/S0075426920000087].

Nelson, T.J. (2020) “Nicander’s Hymn to Attalus: Pergamene Panegyric”, The Cambridge Classical Journal 66: 182–202 [https://doi.org/10.1017/S1750270519000083].

Nelson, T.J. (2019) “Metapoetic Manoeuvres Between Callimachus and Apollonius: A Response to Annette Harder”, Aevum Antiquum 19: 107–127 [https://doi.org/10.26350/020747_000046].

Nelson, T.J. (2019) “‘Most Musicall, Most Melancholy’: Avian Aesthetics of Lament in Greek and Roman Elegy”, Dictynna: Revue de poétique latine 16: 1–47 [https://doi.org/10.4000/dictynna.1914].

Book Chapters

Nelson, T.J. (forthcoming) “Talk and Text: The Pre-Alexandrian Footnote from Homer to Theodectes”, in A. Kelly and H.L. Spelman (eds.) Texts and Intertexts in Archaic and Classical Greece. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press).

Nelson, T.J. (forthcoming) “Early Hellenistic Epic”, in M. Perale, J. Kwapisz, G. Taietti and B. Cartlidge (eds.) Hellenistic Poetry Before Callimachus. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press).

Nelson, T.J. (forthcoming) “Moero of Byzantium”, in M. Perale, J. Kwapisz, G. Taietti and B. Cartlidge (eds.) Hellenistic Poetry Before Callimachus. Cambridge (Cambridge University Press).

Nelson, T.J. (2021) “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): 97–144.

Nelson, T.J. (2021) “The Coma Stratonices: Royal Hair Encomia and Ptolemaic-Seleucid Rivalry?”, in M.A. Harder, J.H. Klooster, R.F. Regtuit and G.C. Wakker (eds.) Women and Power in Hellenistic Poetry. Hellenistica Groningana 26. Leuven (Peeters): 299–320.

Nelson, T.J. (2021) “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 in the Ancient World Vol. 13, Mnemosyne Supplement 442. Leiden (Brill): 119–157 [https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004466661_007].

Nelson, T.J. (2020) “Penelopean Simaetha: A Flawed Paradigm of Femininity in Theocritus’ Second Idyll”, in C. Cusset, P. Belenfant and C.-E. Nardone (eds.) Féminités hellénistiques: Voix, genre, représentations. Hellenistica Groningana 25. Leuven (Peeters): 387–405.

Nelson, T.J. (2018) “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.

Contributions

Nelson, T.J. (forthcoming) “Clôture, fermeture: Épigramme Grecque et Latine” in C. Urlacher & D. Meyer (eds.) Dictionnaire analytique de l’épigramme antique. Turnhout (Brepols).

Nelson, T.J. (forthcoming) “Équitation, Char/Horseriding, charioteering” (Latin) in J.-P. Guez, F. Klein, J. Peigney and E. Prioux (eds.) Dictionnaire des images du poétique dans l'Antiquité. Paris (Classiques Garnier).

Nelson, T.J. (forthcoming) “Érudition: Épigramme Grecque” in C. Urlacher & D. Meyer (eds.) Dictionnaire analytique de l’épigramme antique. Turnhout (Brepols).

Nelson, T.J. (forthcoming) “Pas, Traces de pas /Steps, footsteps” (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).

Nelson, T.J. (forthcoming) “Vol, Larcin/Stealing, theft” (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).

Reviews

Nelson, T.J. (2021) Review of E.T. Barker and J.P. Christensen (eds.), Homer's Thebes: Epic Rivalries and the Appropriation of Mythical Pasts (Cambridge MA, 2020). Classical Journal Online 2021.08.08 [https://cj.camws.org/sites/default/files/reviews/2021.08.08.%20Nelson%20on%20Barker%20and%20Christensen.pdf]

Nelson, T.J. (2021) Review of M.S. Visscher, Beyond Alexandria: Literature and Empire in the Seleucid World (Oxford, 2020).  Classical Review  71.2 (2021) 336–338 [https://www.doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X2100086X].

Nelson, T.J. (2020) Review of J. Burgess et al. (eds.) Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic 3 (Leiden and Boston, 2019). Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2020.03.32 [https://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2020/2020.03.32].

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

Nelson, T.J. (2018) Review of 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].

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

Nelson, T.J. (2017) Review of 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].

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

Nelson, T.J. (2016) Review of 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].