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Oliver Thomas

Assistant Professor in Classics, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I studied Classics at Oxford University as both an undergraduate and a postgraduate student. In 2008-11 I held a research fellowship at Christ Church, Oxford, and in 2011-14 I was a lecturer at Cambridge University. I joined the University of Nottingham as a lecturer in February 2014. I am also currently the editor for literature and Greek history of the Cambridge Classical Journal.

When not immersed in ancient Greek literature, I can often be found on either a piano stool or a badminton court, or mentoring secondary school students in tricky bits of maths.

Expertise Summary

Ancient Greek literature and religion, more specifically hymns, and more specifically still the Homeric Hymns. I have also written a book about one of Aeschylus' tragedies, and I am currently doing my best to get to grips with Greek science.

Teaching Summary

I enjoy teaching a wide range of topics across Greek and Latin language and literature, so that I can keep thinking about some of the many interests I have in the ancient world which I don't focus on… read more

Research Summary

My current major project is an edition and commentary on the Homeric Hymn to Hermes for Cambridge University Press. I am also actively pursuing research on the fragments of Greek satyr play and on… read more

Selected Publications

  • O. THOMAS and D. RAEBURN, 2011. The Agamemnon of Aeschylus: A Commentary for Students Oxford University Press.
  • O. THOMAS, 2011. The Homeric Hymn to Pan. In: A. FAULKNER, ed., The Homeric Hymns: Interpretative Essays OUP. 151-72

I enjoy teaching a wide range of topics across Greek and Latin language and literature, so that I can keep thinking about some of the many interests I have in the ancient world which I don't focus on in my research. Particular favourites include Homer, tragedy and Latin language courses.

My previous and upcoming teaching includes Interpreting Ancient Literature, Beginners' Greek, Thucydides book 2, Lucian, Euripides' Cyclops, Aeneid 1, Homeric Epic, and Women in the Greek World. For Studying Classical Scholarship I have run a worksheet on Jean-Pierre Vernant's influence on the study of Greek mythology.

As the department's Undergraduate Admissions Officer I am also keen to build links with teachers and to visit schools for talks on various aspects of ancient literature.

I next expect to be on leave from teaching in Autumn 2017.

Current Research

My current major project is an edition and commentary on the Homeric Hymn to Hermes for Cambridge University Press. I am also actively pursuing research on the fragments of Greek satyr play and on the ancient commentaries to the Iliad. I am happy to discuss potential PhD applications on any topics relating to Greek poetry or the editing of Greek texts. I will next be on research leave in Autumn 2017.

  • O. THOMAS, 2018. Music in Euripides' Medea. In: A. D'ANGOUR and T.R. PHILLIPS, eds., Music, Text and Culture in Ancient Greece Oxford University Press. (In Press.)
  • O. THOMAS, 2017. Sparring Partners: Fraternal Relations in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes. In: P. BASSINO, L.G. CANEVARO and B. GRAZIOSI, eds., Conflict and Consensus in Early Greek Hexameter Poetry Cambridge University Press. 62-83
  • O. THOMAS, 2017. Sacrifice and the Homeric Hymn to Hermes 112-41. In: I.C. RUTHERFORD and S. HITCH, eds., Animal Sacrifice in the Ancient Greek World Cambridge University Press. 181-99
  • 2016. Homeric and/or Hymns: Some Fifteenth-century Approaches. In: A. FAULKNER, A. VERGADOS and A. SCHWAB, eds., The Reception of the Homeric Hymns OUP. 277-99
  • O. THOMAS, 2016. A Further Manuscript Source for Proclus' Hymns Classical Quarterly. 66(2), 828-31
  • O. THOMAS, 2015. Creating problemata with the Hippocratic Corpus. In: R. MAYHEW, ed., The Aristotelian Problemata Physica: Philosophical and Scientific Investigations Brill. 79-99
  • O. THOMAS, 2015. Sophocles, Seduction and Shrivelling: Ichneutai fr. 316 Radt Classical Quarterly. 65(1), 364-5
  • O. THOMAS, 2015. Greek Hymnic Spaces. In: E.T.E. BARKER, S. BOUZAROVSKI, C.B.R. PELLING and L. ISAKSEN, eds., New Worlds from Old Texts: Revisiting Ancient Space and Place OUP. 25-46
  • O. THOMAS, 2014. Phemius Suite Journal of Hellenic Studies. 134, 89-102
  • O. THOMAS, 2013. Nine Passages of Aeschylus' Agamemnon CQ. 63(2), 491-500
  • O. THOMAS, 2012. Commentary as a medium: some thoughts on Homeric Hymn to Hermes, 103-141. In: R. BOUCHON, P. BRILLET-DUBOIS and N. LE-MEUR-WIESSMAN, eds., Hymnes de la Grèce antique: Approaches littéraires et historiques Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée. 183-90
  • O. THOMAS and D. RAEBURN, 2011. The Agamemnon of Aeschylus: A Commentary for Students Oxford University Press.
  • O. THOMAS, 2011. The Homeric Hymn to Pan. In: A. FAULKNER, ed., The Homeric Hymns: Interpretative Essays OUP. 151-72
  • 2007. Charting the Atlantic with Hesiod and Hellanicus ZPE. 160, 15-23
  • 2006. Ephebes Reunited: A New Edition of IG II^2 1167 ZPE. 157, 71-6

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