Assistant Professor of Classics
Joined Connecticut College: 2013
B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder; M.A., Ph.D. (with distinction), Columbia University
Greek and Latin poetry
Tobias Myers comes to Connecticut College from Columbia University, where he taught literature in translation as well as ancient languages. In his teaching he aims to share with students his fascination with the ways in which the ancient Greeks and Romans are strange and yet familiar to us today, and his conviction that we cannot understand the present without understanding the past.
Myers' research has focused primarily on narrative strategies in literary texts, especially poetry. His doctoral dissertation, now under revision for publication, reads the Iliad’s gods metapoetically as an internal audience that provides complex, provocative models of possible response for Homer's own audience. Other current projects include studies of the performative "spell-casting" poems of Vergil and Theocritus, the power of addresses in the Theocritean bucolica, and the series of adultery tales in Apuleius’ "The Golden Ass."
Myers is interested in experiencing as well as researching the performative potential in ancient poetry. In 2012, he was an invited speaker at the Afterwords Post-Performance Talk of An Iliad, a dramatic piece by the New York Theatre Workshop, which featured Denis O’Hare and Stephen Spinella in the starring role of "Homer." Myers has himself acted in stage presentations of Greek dramas including Oedipus Tyrannus, Iphigeneia at Aulis, and Aristophanes' The Birds, all performed in the original ancient Greek (with English supertitles).
- "Representations of Causation in the Iliad." In Efficient Causation, ed. by Tad Schmaltz, in the Oxford Philosophical Concepts Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press (forthcoming essay)
- "O Poimen: Addresses and the Structure of the Theocritean Bucolic Milieu" (article under consideration by Classical Philology)
- Review of Challenges to the Power of Zeus, Hermathena 190: Summer 2011
Recent talks and conference papers:
- "The Role of Addresses in the Theocritean Bucolic Milieau," Boston College, 2013
- "The Race for the Life of Hector,"Cornell University, The George Washington University, University of California at Davis, Boston College, Connecticut College, 2013
- Spectatum Veniunt …: Homeric Enargeia and the First Spectacular Duel," Open University, UK, 2012
- “What If We Gave a War and Everybody Came?" University of Wisconsin at Madison, Columbia University, 2011-12
- "On Teaching the Iliad," for the Literature Humanities Lecture Series, Columbia University, 2011