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Thomas J. Nelson

Thomas J. Nelson

Department: Classics

Supervisor: Prof. Richard Hunter

College: Trinity

AHRC Subject Area: Classics

Thesis Title: Early Greek Indexicality: Markers of Allusion in Archaic Greek Poetry


Thomas is in the final year of his PhD in Classics at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he is exploring how Ancient Greek authors from Homer to Pindar signalled their interactions with other texts and traditions and negotiated their own place within the larger literary tradition. 

Before moving to Cambridge, he completed his Undergraduate (2013) and Master's (2014) degrees at the University of Oxford. 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 (, and was also a member of the organising committee for the AHRC DTP's Conference on Time and Temporality, 14-16 September 2016. 

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

Research Interests:

  • Intertextuality and Allusion
  • Citation and Quotation
  • (Meta-)poetics
  • Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Greek Literature, esp. Poetry
  • Hellenistic Royal Ideologies
  • Interrelation of Image and Text
  • Roman Reception of Greek, esp. Hellenistic, Literature.

Key Publications


  • Beating the Galatians: Ideologies, Analogies and Allegories in Hellenistic Literature and Art in A. Coşkun (ed.) Recent Research on Ancient Galatia (Central Turkey) in the Hellenistic and Roman periods [forthcoming]
  • The Shadow of Aristophanes: Hellenistic Poetry's Reception of Comic Poetics in M. A. Harder et al. (eds.) Drama and Performance in Hellenistic Poetry, Hellenistica Groningana 23, Leuven (Peeters): 225-271 [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]

  • Attalid Aesthetics. The Pergamene ‘Baroque’ Reconsidered in M. Leventhal & T. J. Nelson (eds.) Hellenistic Poetry Beyond Alexandria and the Callimachean Aesthetic. [forthcoming]

  • Early Hellenistic Epic in M. Perale et al. (eds.) Early Hellenistic Poetry [forthcoming]

  • Moero of Byzantium in M. Perale et al. (eds.) Early Hellenistic Poetry [forthcoming]