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).
- "O Poimen: Addresses and the Structure of the Theocritean Bucolic Milieu," Classical Philology (forthcoming)
- " 'What If We Had a War and Everybody Came?': Homeric Enargeia and the First Spectacular Duel." In War as Spectacle: Ancient and Modern Perspectives, edited by Anastasia Bakogianni and Valerie Hope. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015
- "Representations of Causation in the Iliad." In Efficient Causation, ed. by Tad Schmaltz, in the Oxford Philosophical Concepts Series. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014
Recent talks and conference papers:
- “Simaitha’s Daemones,” King’s College, London, Conference on “Locating the Daemonic: Daimones, Spaces and Places in the Greek World,” March 2015. Scroll down this page to see a video of Myers' lecture.
- "On Teaching the Iliad," for the Literature Humanities Lecture Series, Columbia University, September 2014
- “Simaitha’s Daemones,” Harvard University, MACTe conference, December 2013
- "The Role of Addresses in the Theocritean Bucolic Milieau," Boston College, MACTe conference, April 2013
- "The Race for the Life of Hector,"Cornell University, The George Washington University, University of California at Davis, Boston College, Connecticut College, February-March 2013
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