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Thomas J. Nelson

Thomas J. Nelson

Department: Classics

Supervisor: Prof. Richard Hunter

College: Trinity

AHRC Subject Area: Classics

Provisional Thesis Title: Indexicality and Allusion: Intertextual Signposts from Homer to Hellenistic Poetry


Thomas is currently in the second year of his PhD in Classics at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he is exploring how Ancient Greek authors from Homer to Hellenistic poetry 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. 

He is co-organiser of a conference on Hellenistic Poetry Beyond Callimachean Aesthetics, 1-3 September 2016 (, and is 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 esp. Hellenistic Greek Literature
  • 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 Coşkun, A. (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 Harder, M. A. et als. (edd.) Drama and Performance in Hellenistic Poetry [forthcoming]