Classics Department

Nigel Nicholson

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

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Publications and Papers

Curriculum Vitae

Books, Edited Volumes

Athletes, Epinician and Oral Tradition in the Greek West [Working Title] (Oxford University Press, accepted)

Editor, Literary Theory in Graduate and Undergraduate Classics Curricula, special issue of "Paedagogus" section of Classical World, forthcoming

Aristocracy and Athletics in Archaic and Classical Greece (Cambridge University Press, 2005); paperback edition (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

Articles, Book Chapters

"When Athletic Victory and Fatherhood did Mix: The Commemoration of Diagoras of Rhodes," Sport and Social Identity in Classical Antiquity, special issue of the Bulletin for the Institute of Classical Studies, eds. Sinclair Bell and Pauline Ripat (under review)

"Greek Hippic Contests," The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World, eds. Allison Futrell and Thomas Scanlon (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016)

"Four Reasons not to have an Epinician," Papers of the Langford Latin Seminar 16 (2016): 3-38

"The Athlete's Body and the Rhetoric of Injury," in special issue of Classics@, entitled Greek Sports and Poetry,ed. Thomas Scanlon, forthcoming

"Literary Theory Survey Classes for Classics Undergraduates," in special issue of Paedagogus section of Classical World, ed. Nigel Nicholson, forthcoming; also the "Introduction" to this special issue of Paedagogus.

"Doctors, Trainers and Athletes in Bacchylides Ode 1 ," Nikephoros 25 (2012) [2014]: 79-114, jointly authored with Arien Gutierrez (a Reed undergraduate)

hagia sophia istanbul image"Greek Hippic Contests," The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World, eds. Allison Futrell and Thomas Scanlon (Oxford University Press, 2014, forthcoming)

"Cultural Studies, Oral Tradition, & the Promise of Intertextuality," in special issue of American Journal of Philology, entitled Intertextuality,eds. Yelena Baraz and Christopher van den Berg, 134 (2013): 9-21

"Writing Greek Sport: Contests and Athletes in Greek Literature," A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity, eds. Paul Christesen and Donald Kyle (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), 68-80

"Aging, Athletics And Epinician ," Nikephoros 23 (2010) [2012], 105-38, jointly authored with Elizabeth Heintges (a Reed undergraduate)

"Pindar's Olympian 4, Psaumis and Camarina after the Deinomenids," Classical Philology 106 (2011): 93-114

"Poets, Doctors and the Rhetoric of Money," Neurosurgery 64.1 (2009): 179-88, jointly authored with Prof. Nathan Selden (Oregon Health Sciences University).

"A Century of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest," Classical Journal 104.2 (2008/09): 164-75

"Pindar, History, and Historicism," (review article) Classical Philology 102 (2007): 208-27

"Aristocratic Victory Memorials and the Absent Charioteer," in The Cultures within Greek Culture: Contact, Conflict, Collaboration, eds. L. Kurke and C. Dougherty (Cambridge, 2003)

"The Emperor's Apothecary: Galen's apotheke and the Origin of the Word "Apothecary,"" Apothecary 2002: 24-27

"Pindar Ne. 4.57-58 and the Arts of Poets, Trainers and Wrestlers," Arethusa 34 (2001): 31-59

"Polysemy and Ideology in Pindar Pythian 4.229-230," Phoenix 54 (2001), 191-202

"Victory without Defeat? Carnival Laughter and its Appropriation in Pindar's Victory Odes," in Carnivalizing Difference: Bakhtin and the Other, eds. P. Barta, P. A. Miller, C. Platter and D. Shepherd (Routledge, 2001), 79-98

"Pederastic Poets and Adult Patrons in Late Archaic Lyric," Classical World 93 (2000): 235-59

"Bodies Without Names, Names Without Bodies: Propertius 1.21-22," Classical Journal 94 (1999): 143-61

"The Truth of Pederasty: A Supplement to Foucault's Genealogy of the Relation between Truth and Desire in Ancient Greece," Intertexts 2.1 (1998): 26-45

Some translations for Homosexuality in Greece and Rome: A Sourcebook of Basic Documents in Translation, ed. T. K. Hubbard (California, 2003): Xenophon's Symposium (pp.207-21) Epictetus' Discourses (p.462) and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations (p.469).

roman aqueduct in southern france imageInvited Lectures / Public Engagements

"Deinomenid Innovations in Form," Florida State University, February 2017

"Athletics, Oral Tradition and the Greek West," Columbia University, October 2016

"When is a Doctor not a Doctor? The Rhetoric of Healthcare in Fifth-Century Greece," Oberlin, September 2014

"Epinician and Oral Tradition: Pindar's Olympian 10 and the 'Hero of Temesa,'" New York University, May 2014

"How to tell a doctor from a quack in 5th-century Greece," Gonzaga University, March 2014

"Epinician and Oral Tradition: Pindar's Olympian 10 and the 'Hero of Temesa,'" Florida State University, November 2013

"Epinician and Oral Tradition: Pindar's Olympian 10 and the 'Hero of Temesa,'" University of California Berkeley, April 2013

"Art and Athletics in Ancient Greece," Portland Art Museum, October 2012

"Intertextuality: What it is and what it can do for Classical Studies," Wellesley College, April 2012

"Allowed Fools? Four Models of the Role of Comedy in the Politics of Democratic Athens," a lecture as part of a week-long commentary on a performance of Aristophanes Lysistrata,  "Conflict and Controversy in Ancient Greek Comedy," sponsored by Humanities Washington, Gonzaga University, March 2010

"The Ancient Olympic Mule-Cart Race," for the Parlitalia Lecture Series of the University of Vancouver, B.C., January 2010

"Athletes, Anecdotes, and Civic Identity," Duke University, January, 2007.

"Commemorating Victory, Chariot Races, and Charioteers in Ancient Greece," Calgary Society for Mediterranean Studies, September, 2006.

"Athletes, Anecdotes, and Civic Identity," University of Calgary, September, 2006.

"Charioteers, Victors and Victory Memorials," University of Washington, Seattle, October 2000.

"Pederastic Poets and Adult Patrons: Maintaining Authority in Commissioned Poetry," University of Oregon, Eugene, March 1997

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Conference Papers Since 2000

“A Liberal Art for the Future,” on panel entitled “The Future of Classical Education: A Dialogue,” Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS), San Francisco, January 2016

“Four Reasons not to have an Epinician,” Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest (CAPN), Portland, March 2015

"Is There a Doctor in the Ode? Pantheides in Bacchylides 1," Annual Meeting of the (UK) Classical Association (CA), Reading, UK, April 2013

With Arien Gutierrez, a Reed undergraduate, "Doctors, Trainers and Athletes in Bacchylides Ode 1," Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest (CAPN), Eugene, March 2013

"Literary Theory Survey Classes for Classics Undergraduates," on panel entitled "Literary Theory in Graduate and Undergraduate Classics Curricula," Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association (APA), Seattle, 2013

"Athlete Legends and Epinician in Western Locri," CA, Exeter, UK, April 2012.

With Elizabeth Heintges (a Reed undergraduate), "Aging, Athletics and Epinician," CAPN, Salem, March 2012

"Cultural Studies, Anecdotes and the Problems of Intertextuality," on panel entitled "Intertextuality and its Discontents," APA, Philadelphia, January 2012.

"Injury in Epinician," CAPN, Spokane, March 2011

"A Brief History of CAPN," Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest (CAPN), Spokane, March 2011

"Pindar Olympian 4: Mercenaries, Sicels and Post-Deinomenid Sicily," APA, San Diego, January 2011.

"Glaucus and Carystus: Reclaiming and Reframing an Expatriate Victor," Joint Annual Meeting of CAPN and the Classical Association of the Canadian West (CACW), Seattle, March 2010

"Nuance, New Historicism, and Olympian 6," CAPN, University of Puget Sound, March 2008.

With Rachel Preminger (a Reed undergraduate), "Athletes, Anecdotes, and the Projection of Civic Identity," CAPN, Reed College, March 2006.

"A Century of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest," Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS), Wilmington, October, 2005.

"Psaumis, Camarina, and the Rhetoric of Foundation" Joint Annual Meeting of CAPN and CACW, Victoria, BC, February, 2005.

"Menander, Lampon and the Price of Victory (Pi. Ne. 5 & Ba. 13)," APA, Boston, January 2005.

"Where are the Teachers? Late Archaic and Early Classical Memorials for Musical Victories," CAPN, Seattle, April 3, 2004.

 "Vases and Victories: Copenhagen 109," CAPN/CACW, Calgary, March 2003.

"Bride of Quietness: Copenhagen 109 and the Commemoration of Chariot Victories," on panel "Leisure in Practice: Text and Art at the Crossroads of Cultural Studies," APA, Philadelphia, January 2002.

"A Properly Aristocratic Victory: The Charioteer in Pindar Pythian 5," APA, San Diego, January 2001.

"Of Mules and Mule-Drivers," CAPN/CACW, Victoria, BC, March 2000