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Thomas Wilson *20

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I was born and raised in Sydney and studied classics at the University of Sydney (BA (Hons), 2013); I joined the graduate program here at Princeton in 2015. My dissertation, provisionally entitled “Brothers and the fraternal imaginary in Roman republican literature”, explores the notion of brotherhood in the literary and cultural world of the third and second centuries BCE, with a particular focus on Roman drama.

More broadly, my research interests include ancient drama generally, especially fragmentary drama; the special methodological problems posed by fragmentary texts; textual criticism; and historical linguistics. My undergraduate thesis explored Cicero’s intertextual engagement with Roman tragedy, and I have an ongoing interest in the fragmentary literary remains of the Athenian tyrant Critias.

I consider teaching an extremely important part of the work that we do in the academy, and I especially enjoy teaching language classes, as well as literature in translation. While at Princeton, I have been privileged to teach both Latin and Greek, as well as courses on ancient literature and culture, subjects which I had previously taught in undergraduate and high school settings. In 2019, I have been part of a team teaching a college-level introductory Latin sequence to incarcerated students at FCI Fort Dix.