Casting Off Shadows: Hellenistic Poetry Beyond Callimachean Aesthetics

Thomas Nelson

Thomas Nelson is currently a second-year PhD student at Trinity College, Cambridge, supervised by Professor Richard Hunter. His PhD project explores 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. His broader research interests include Hellenistic literature and history, Greek intertextuality and the interrelation of image and text in antiquity. He has forthcoming articles on the celebration of victories over the Galatians in Hellenistic literature and art and on Hellenistic poetry’s debts to Old Comedy. Before moving to Cambridge, Thomas completed his Undergraduate (2013) and Master's (2014) degrees at the University of Oxford.

Max Leventhal

Max Leventhal is a third-year PhD student at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His thesis, supervised by Dr Renaud Gagné, synthesises the material, visual, and textual evidence for the Hellenistic symposium in order to understand how the Greek literary heritage was visualised, recited, reconfigured, and interrogated within a social, predominantly oral, context. The project aims to contribute to the broader question of how literary culture was handled and employed ‘beyond the page’. Max is fascinated by all aspects of Hellenistic culture, with a focus on those texts and objects traditionally ignored or seen as peripheral, and he is especially interested in the intersection of literature and the sciences, the fruits of which can now be seen in his article on Archimedes' Cattle Problem.