Classics Department

Nigel Nicholson

Walter Mintz Professor of Classics
Greek and Latin literature, critical theory.
nigel.nicholson@reed.edu

Education
Courses Taught
Projects
Publications and Papers
Study Abroad in Sicily Blog

Outreach Programs

Reed Latin Forum

Oregon and Washington high school students: look out for the Reed Latin Forum, held late in the fall every year. The whole department teaches in this every year, and it is an exciting venue for discussing classical topics, getting a taste of college life and meeting other classics students.

mosaic in solunto near palermo imageIn past years, I have led seminars on the weirdness of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the shape of Augustan ideology, the Roman experience of love, the poetess Sulpicia, and, most recently, how Roman poets do nothing but talk about their own poetry! I have also lectured on Greek and Roman athletics, a lecture that I also delivered to 54th Annual meeting of the Washington/British Columbia Junior Classical League.

Schools and Lectures

I frequently visit schools and other institutions to give talks and presentations. Recent talks include: the ancient Olympics, for Parlitalia, Vancouver BC, and for the Northwest Academy in Portland; Lysistrata Greek Comedy, to go with Gonzaga's performance of that play; the world of Odysseus for the Metropolitan Learning Center in Portland, Roman Judaea, for Grace Episcopal Church, Portland; Introductory Greek, for the WA/BC JCL; and some tips on how to survive in College, for Catlin Gabel School, Portland.