About

Tom Nelson is studying for a PhD at the University of Cambridge, exploring the so-called “Alexandrian footnote” and markers of intertextuality in Latin and Greek Literature, with a particular focus on archaic and classical Greek poetry. His thesis examines the manner in which these poets self-consciously signalled their interactions with other texts and traditions.

He completed the MSt in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford, writing a dissertation on the various analogies and allegories employed to conceptualise victories over the Galatians in Hellenistic Literature and Art. From 1 October 2018, he will be a Research Fellow in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

He has recently co-organised a conference on Hellenistic Poetry Beyond Callimachean Aesthetics, 1-3 September 2016 (http://www.castingoffshadows2016.co.uk/), and was also a member of the organising committee for the Cambridge AHRC DTP’s Conference on Time and Temporality, 14-16 September 2016.

Teaching materials for his undergraduates is available at http://www.thomas-j-nelson.co.uk/teaching.html.

He is very open to any kind of collaborative research and happy to be contacted about any ideas for collaboration, however preliminary.

Education

Higher Education

2014-present

PhD in Classics (in progress)
Trinity College, Cambridge. Supervisor: Professor Richard Hunter
Title: ‘Early Greek Indexicality: Markers of Allusion in Archaic Greek Poetry’

2013-14
MSt in Greek & Latin Languages & Literature: Distinction
University College, Oxford. Supervisor: Professor Gregory Hutchinson

2009–13
BA Literae Humaniores: Congratulatory First
University College, Oxford.

Select Academic Awards and Distinctions

2018-21
Research Fellowship in Classics (Corpus Christi College, Cambridge)

2018-19
Fellow of the Advanced Seminar in the Humanities (Venice International University)

2017
Fondation Hardt Bursary Award (Classical Association)

2016
Graduate-Led Conference Grants from the Cambridge School of Arts and Humanities, the Cambridge Classics Faculty and the Classical Association

2014-17
AHRC – Ibn Battutah Studentship Award, Faculty of Classics (Cambridge)

2014
Gaisford Graduate Dissertation Prize for Greek and/or Latin Lang. & Lit. (Oxford)

2013-14
AHRC Studentship Award, Faculty of Classics (Oxford)

2013
Final Honour School of Literae Humaniores: Congratulatory 1st, top in the year (Oxford)
Harold Lister Sunderland Prize for best performance in Greek Lit. Papers (Oxford)

2012-13
George Cawkwell Prize (University College)

2011-13
Waddington Scholarship for the best Classicist in any one year (University College)

2011
Honour Moderations in Classics: 1st, top in the year (Oxford)
1st de Paravicini Prize for performance in Latin Papers (Oxford)

Other Publications

Articles/Chapters

— “Attalid Aesthetics. The Pergamene ‘Baroque’ Reconsidered” in M. Leventhal & T. J. Nelson (eds.) Casting Off Shadows: Hellenistic Poetry Beyond Callimachean Alexandria [forthcoming]

— “Early Hellenistic Epic” in M. Perale, J. Kwapisz, G. Taietti & B. Cartlidge (eds.) Early Hellenistic Poetry. [forthcoming]

— “Moero of Byzantium” in M. Perale et al. (eds.) Early Hellenistic Poetry, Cambridge [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, representations [forthcoming]

— “The Shadow of Aristophanes: Hellenistic Poetry’s Reception of Comic Poetics” in M. A. Harder, R. F. Regtuit & G. C. Wakker (eds.) Drama and Performance in Hellenistic Poetry, Hellenistica Groningana, Leuven. [forthcoming]

— “Beating the Galatians: Ideologies, Analogies and Allegories in Hellenistic Literature and Art” in A. Coşkun (ed.) Recent Research on Ancient Galatia in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, Colloquia Antiqua, Leuven. [forthcoming]

Reviews

2018: C. Tsagalis (ed.), Poetry in Fragments: Studies on the Hesiodic Coprus and its Afterlife (Berlin; Boston, 2017). BMCR 2018.07.33.

2018: D. Sider (ed.), Hellenistic Poetry. A Selection (Ann Arbor, 2017). Classical Review 68.1 (2018) 287.

2017: 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.

2016: S. A. Stephens, Callimachus: The Hymns (Oxford and New York, 2015). Mnemosyne 69.6 (2016) 1070-1073

2016: 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.

Collaborative Dictionary Entries

— “Clôture, fermeture” in C. Urlacher & D. Meyer (eds.) Dictionnaire analytique de l’épigramme antique. [submitted]

— “Érudition” in C. Urlacher & D. Meyer (eds.) Dictionnaire analytique de l’épigramme antique. [submitted]

— “Équitation, Char/Horseriding, Chariot (Roman literature)” in J.-P. Guez et al. (eds.) Dictionnaire des images métapoétiques anciennes. [submitted]

— “Pas, Traces de pas/Steps, Footsteps (Greek and Roman literature)” in J.-P. Guez et al. (eds.) Dictionnaire des images métapoétiques anciennes. [submitted]

— “Vol, Larcin/Theft, Stealing (Greek and Roman literature)” in J.-P. Guez et al. (eds.) Dictionnaire des images métapoétiques anciennes. [submitted]

Select Papers Forthcoming or Delivered

​2019: “Nicander’s Hymn to Attalus: Pergamene Panegyric”, 2019 SCS/AIA Annual Meeting, San Diego, January 3rd-6th

​2018: “Talk and Text: The Pre-Alexandrian Footnote between Orality and Writing”, Text and Intertext in Early Greek Poetry, Christ’s College, Cambridge, September 3rd-4th

​2018: “Lyric Beyond the Canon: The Ithyphallic Hymn for Demetrius Poliorcetes”, Lyric Beyond Lyric, King’s College, London, May 24th

2017: “Horses for Courses: The Metapoetics of Horse- and Chariot-Riding in Roman Poetry”, Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar, Cambridge, November 3rd

2017: “Sweet and Sombre Songbirds: The Aesthetics of Lament in Graeco-Roman Elegy”, Classics Faculty Literary Seminar: Greek and Roman Elegy, October 18th

2017: “Penelopean Simaetha: Female Voice and Vision in Theocritus’ Second Idyll”, La féminité dans les arts hellénistiques: voix, genre, representations, Lyon, France, September 7th-9th

2017: “Symphonic Bestiaries: Poetic and Cultural Resonances in the Sounds of the Animal Kingdom”, 23rd CorHaLi Colloquium: Soundscapes of the Ancient Greek World, Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece, Nafplio, Greece, July 15th-18th

2016: “The Jewish Epic Fragments of Philo and Theodotus”, Being Jewish, Writing Greek Seminar, Cambridge, November 28th

2016: “Attalid Aesthetics. The Pergamene ‘Baroque’ Reconsidered”, Casting Off Shadows: Hellenistic Poetry Beyond Callimachean Aesthetics, Cambridge, September 2nd

2016: “Poetic Memory”, Retirement event for Martin Drury, Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood, June 21st [invited speaker alongside Alan Sommerstein]

2016: “Early Hellenistic Epic: A Reassessment”, Hellenistic Poetry Before Callimachus, Liverpool, June 14th

2016: “Pergamene Poetics of Praise: Attalid Fragments in Context”, Classical Association Conference 2016, Edinburgh, April 8th

2016: “Indices of Allusion in Early Greek Epic”, Edinburgh Classics Postgraduate Seminar Series, Edinburgh, January 28th

2015: “Masks and Mirrors: Poetic Self-Consciousness and Literary History in Attic Old Comedy and Hellenistic Poetry”, 12th Groningen Workshop on Hellenistic Poetry: Drama and Performance in Hellenistic Poetry, August 19th

2015: “Civilisation at what cost? Heracles and the Ambiguities of Progress in Hellenistic Poetry”, Progress in Ancient Literature, AMPAL 2015, Edinburgh, June 17th

2015: “How Old is the ‘Alexandrian Footnote’? Tradition and Self-Consciousness in the Homeric Epics”, Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar, Cambridge, January 23rd

2014: “What Happens When History Gets Intertextual? Echoes of the Herodotean Cyrus in Lucian’s Zeuxis and Polybius VII.15-18”, Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar, Cambridge, October 31st

2014: “From Zero to Hero: Jason’s Redemption and the Evaluation of Apollonius’ Argonautica”, Failure in Ancient Literature, AMPAL 2014, Cambridge, September 7th

2014: “Alexandria Imagined: the Ptolemaic capital in Hellenistic Literature”, Egypt in Classical Literature Seminar, Oxford, June 19th

2014: “Ideologies of Galatian Victory: A Comparative Approach: Allegories and Analogies in Literature and Art”, Recent Work on Ancient Galatia Workshop, Waterloo, Canada, March 14th

2014: “Female rhetoric: Mica’s onslaught at Thesm.383-404”, Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae ‘Professorial’ Seminar, Oxford, February 3rd

2014: “How ‘Alexandrian’ is the ‘Alexandrian footnote’? Markers of Intertextuality in Hellenistic Poetry”, Metaphors of Intertextuality Seminar, Oxford, January 28th

2013: “To the City-Loving Fuscus: Horace Epistles 1.10”, Horace Epistles I ‘Professorial’ Seminar, Oxford, November 7th

2013: Respondent to A. Kirichenko, 11th Groningen Workshop on Hellenistic Poetry: Past and Present in Hellenistic Poetry, August 13th

Memberships


  • Member of the Cambridge Philological Society

  • Member of the Classical Association

  • Member of the Society for Classical Studies

  • Member of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies

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