Thea Selliaas Thorsen

Associate Professor of Latin (Classics) Department of Historical Studies

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Background and activities

Master in Latin UiO (2000), PhD in Latin UiB (2007), main supervisor Stephen Harrison (University of Oxford). Postdoc (-2013)/Associate Professor (2014-) NTNU

Associate Professor of Latin (Classics)


Latin language, Classical poetry and prose, ancient civilization, rhetoric and literature.

(e.g. Ant1101, Ant1102, Ant1003, Lat1001, Lat1003, Lat1004, Lat1005, HFEL0004).


Any topic for bachelor and master thesis, especially Latin poetry, which can be related to Antikken på norsk in cooperation with Gyldendal norsk forlag

Research Project

Leader of "The heterosexual tradition of homoerotic poetics." RCN Young Research Talent Project (2015-2018)

Current Book Projects

Sappho at Rome: Receptions from Lucretius to Martial, coedited with Stephen Harrison, 

* The Power of Ancient Prose: Novelistic, Apologetic, Biographic, coedited with Stephen Harrison

* Ovids Metamorphoses - Forvandlinger. Gjendiktning

Areas of Interest

Latin Augustan poetry (especially Ovid), Greek Archaic poetry (especially Sappho), Poetic Genres (lyric and elegy), Metra, The History of Classical Philological Scholarship, Modern Literary Theory (especially R. Barthes), Gender and Classical Literature, Translation and Classical Literature, Reception Studies (especially Classics and Computer Games/ Virtual Worlds)

Select Publications

The Cambridge Companion to Latin Love Elegy         Kom ikke uten begjær Kjærlighetskuren & Brevvekslinger   Ars amandi - Kunsten å elske     Heroides - Heltinnebrev


1. Ovid's Early Poetry: from his Single Heroides to his Remedia amoris, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2014)

2. The Cambridge Companion to Latin Love Elegy, editor, Cambridge University Press (2013)

3. 'Introduction: Latin Love Elegy' in T. S. Thorsen (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Latin Love Elegy, (2013) 1–22

4. 'Ovid the Love Elegist' in T. S. Thorsen (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Latin Love Elegy (2013) 114–132

5. 'Metrical Appendix' in T. S. Thorsen (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Latin Love Elegy, (2013) 367–78

6. 'Sappho, Corinna and Colleagues in Ancient Rome: Tatian's Catalogue of Statues (Oratio ad Graecos 33-34) Reconsidered' Mnemosyne, (2012) 65, 696-715

7. Greek and Roman Games in The Computer Age, editor, (2012), Akademika forlag

8. Kom ikke uten begjær (2011) essays, Gyldendal norsk forlag

9. Antikkens kultur, co-authored (2010), Aschehoug Forlag

10. Ovid's Remedia Amoris – Kjærlighetskuren and Epistulae Heroidum (XVI-XXI – Brevveksling, metrical translation into Norwegian (2009), Gyldendal Norsk forlag

11. Ovid's Ars Amandi – Kunsten å elske, metrical translation into Norwegian (2006), Gyldendal Norsk Forlag

12. Ovid's Amores – Kjærlighetseventyr, metrical translation into Norwegian (2002), Gyldendal Norsk Forlag

13. Ovid's Heroides – Heltinnebrev, metrical translation into Norwegian (2001), Gyldendal Norsk Forlag


Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Artistic productions

  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2014) Utdrag fra Ovids Metamorphoses - Forvandlinger. Om Proserpina og Pluto. null


  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2014) Ovid's Early Poetry: From his single Heroides to his Remedia amoris. Cambridge University Press. 2014. ISBN 9781107040410.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2013) The Cambridge companion to latin love elegy. Cambridge University Press. 2013. ISBN 978-0-521-12937-4.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2012) Greek and Roman games in the computer age. Akademika forlag. 2012. ISBN 978-82-519-2885-4. Trondheim studies in Greek and Latin (-).
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2011) Kom ikke uten begjær. Gyldendal Litteratur. 2011. ISBN 978-82-05-40961-3.
  • Roggen, Vibeke; Ravnå, Per-Bjarne; Thorsen, Thea Selliaas; Sande, Siri. (2010) Antikkens kultur. Aschehoug & Co. 2010. ISBN 978-82-03-33743-7.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2007) SCRIBENTIS IMAGINES in Ovidian Authorship and Scholarship. A Study of the Epistula Sapphus (Heroides 15). Dissertation for the degree doctor artium (dr. art.) University of Bergen, Norway. 2007. ISBN 9788230803820.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2002) Ovid. Amores -- Kjærlighetseventyr. Gyldendal Litteratur. 2002. ISBN 82-05-30783-0.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2001) Ovid: Heroides -- Heltinnebrev. Gyldendal Litteratur. 2001. ISBN 82-05-29132-2.