Thea Selliaas Thorsen

Associate Professor of Classics Department of Historical Studies Faculty of Humanities

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Background and activities

Associate Professor of Latin (Classics)

Before I came to the beautiful and ancient city of Trondheim, where I have been a Research Council of Norway's postdoc in classics, which included a research stay at the University of Oxford, I received my PhD at the University of Bergen. During the period of my PhD scholarship I had research stays at the University of Cambridge, Université Paris IV-Sorbonne, Centre Glotz-Gernet CNRS and Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Before that I did my master thesis at the University of Oslo, which included manuscript studies at the Vatican Library in Rome organized by Fédération internationale des Institutes d'études médievales, from which I hold the diploma DEEM.

 

Profile

I am interested in classical culture and literature and their receptions in later periods. I have contributed to a longstanding debate in Latin scholarship through my book Ovid’s Early Poetry, Cambridge University Press (2014), which deals with the authenticity of Ovid’s epistolary poem Heroides 15 in the context of the mediaeval manuscript transmission, several hundred years of scholarship and the entire output of Ovid’s earlier career, covering around 10,000 verses, the equivalent of Vergil’s epic the Aeneid.

I edited and contributed to The Cambridge Companion to Latin Love Elegy, Cambridge University Press (2013), which traces the main characteristics of a strongly political genre in the late Roman republic and early empire, as well as the genre’s understudied, widely influential legacy from late antiquity up until today. The volume includes twenty-three chapters by internationally leading specialists.

Initially inspired by my many students who came to classics partly by way of computer games, my fascination for the surprisingly strong relationship between one of the youngest of the academic disciplines, game studies, and one of the most ancient, classics, led me to sole-editing the multi-authored volume Greek and Roman Games in the Computer Age (2012), where scholars from a wide variety of disciplines explore abstract as well as applied aspects of an increasingly important field of classical receptions.

Feminist perspectives, gender studies and literary theory are important influences in my research, as seen especially in my doctoral dissertation Scribentis imagines in Ovidian authorship and scholarship (University of Bergen, 2007).

In Norwegian, I have published a collection of fifty essays, exploring concepts of cross time meaning in written documents and literature through five thousand years (Kom ikke uten begjær, 2011). I have contributed as co-author to a textbook on ancient civilization (Antikkens kultur, 2010) and I have published the first translations with scholarly introductions and notes into Norwegian of the love elegies of Ovid (2001, 2002, 2006 and 2009), all in the metrical form of elegiac couplets, and I pursue my interest in metrics in various other publications.

I am also a published novelist (Pia Fraus, 2004).

 

Current research

I manage a research project funded through the Research Council of Norway’s Young Research Talents’ scheme, The Heterosexual Tradition of Homoerotic Poetics. The project involves a team consisting of Professor Stephen Harrison (University of Oxford and NTNU), Peter Astrup Sundt and Iris Brecke, in addition to myself.

I explore the Greek woman poet Sappho’s Roman reception in a multi-authored volume co-edited with Prof. Harrison, which is currently in preparation.

Another multi-authored volume, also co-edited with Prof. Harrison, focusing on the power of ancient prose genres that have not always been associated with the highest of prestige but that have nonetheless proven astonishingly vital through the ages, is also in preparation.

I am currently working on several projects within the field of ancient rhetoric.

 

Outreach

I believe that outreach is vital to academic life. I am very happy to manage, in joint collaboration between NTNU and the Gyldendal publishing house, the long-term book series Kanon, which aims at publishing translations of ‘all’ the classical texts into Norwegian during the next decades (2014–). The project involves the active recruitment of translators who know Greek and Latin.

I am a founding board member of the Classical Resources in School programme (Klassiske ressurser i skolen, 2014–), focusing on the trove that classical disciplines represent in school curricula and promoting the study of Latin in schools; a convenor of the Classics for All day (Klassisk for alle, 2015–), dedicated to outreach activities to pupils and students in particular; the founder and convenor of the Breakspear Lecture (2015–), featuring high profiled academics; and the artistic director of SPOR, a festival for literature with a special focus on translations and the history of ideas.

I am frequently invited as a public speaker, and I feature regularly in local, regional and national media, especially newspapers and radio. I have also been in several TV shows and been the long-term contributor to different shows in the national broadcast radio channel NRK P2 and the weekly, national newspaper Morgenbladet.

 

Teaching

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

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

 

Supervision

Any topic for bachelor and master thesis, especially Latin poetry, which can be related to Antikken på norsk in cooperation with Gyldendal norsk forlag. Potential PhD students are welcome to discuss topics.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2015) MOTIFS AND ROLES IN AUGUSTAN POETRY. M. Kimmel Motive und Rollen des Autors in Vergils Eklogen, den Oden des Horaz und den Elegien des Properz. Pp. vi + 231. Münster: Aschendorff, 2014. Paper, €49. ISBN: 978-3-402-13058-2. Classical Review.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2014) Hvor går kunnskapsfronten?. Adresseavisen.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2014) Hvor går kunnskapsfronten i Norge?. Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2014) Kvinneskikkelser i Händels operaer. Musikk & historie.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2014) Plastic accommodations of female agency: Vergil, Horace and Antipater of Thessalonica. Nordlit. vol. 33.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2013) Fjernes med et pennestrøk. Adresseavisen.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2013) Latin som skolefag ødelegges. Aftenposten (aftenutg. : trykt utg.).
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2012) Sappho, Corinna and Colleagues in Ancient Rome. Tatian's Catalogue of Statues (Oratio ad Graecos 33-4) Reconsidered. Mnemosyne (Lugduni Batavorum. Print). vol. 65 (4-5).
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2010) Antikken i popkulturen. VG : Verdens gang.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2010) Churchill burde ha lest Properts (om Properts' elegier). Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2010) Clash of the Titans. VG : Verdens gang.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2010) De elskende i Elysium (om Tibulls elegier). Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2010) FantaSulpicia (om Sulpicias elegier). Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2010) Forskning og følelser (Om Darwin's The emotions in man and animals). Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2010) In Vino Veritas (om Plinius den eldres Historia naturalis). Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2009) I skyggen av en kvinne. Om Alkaios' lyrikk. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Alle mennesker er født like. Om Plinius' den yngres Brev. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Dildodialogen. Om Herondas' mimer. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Hanky panky uten for mye prakk! Om Lukians Gudenes samtaler. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Husmorhorror fra vår nære fortid. Om Margrete Munthes Kom skal vi synge. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) I skyggen av en kvinne. Om Alkaios. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Jason gjennom ild og vann. Om Apollonios fra Rhodos' Argonautica. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Kjære Ovid. Om Ovids eksildiktning. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Kjærligheten overvinner alt. Om Gallus' fragmenter. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Med hud og hår. Anmeldelse av A. Skres biografi om Ragnhild Jølsen, La meg bli som leoparden. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Mester fra Middelalderen. Paulus Diaconus' Ut queant laxis. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Nei, nei, det er ikke jeg som er meg. Om Catulls dikt. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Professorene i Borudeaux. Om Ausonius' Professores Burdigalenses. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Sagging for Perpetua. Om Perpetuas martyrium. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Sannheten, post festum. Om Aristoteles' Poetikk. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Skurrende kjønn. Om Clemens fra Alexandrias Stromata. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Udødelig kjærlighet og diktningens evige nå! Om Ovids Brevvekslinger. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Vakling og veltalenhet. Om Tatian's Tale til grekerne. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Berøre og gi liv. Om Ovids Heroides - Heltinnebrev og Mona Høvrings Å paradis. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Blod og bøker. Om de Sades Justine. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Da Caesar Gråt. Om Plutark og Svetons Caesar-biografier. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Den utstøtte moren og hennes barn. Om Ragnhild Jølsens Ve's mor. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) En kvinnes farskap. Om Selma Lagerlöfs Kejsarn av Portugallien. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Europas lærer. Om Quintilians Institutio Oratioria. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Fra fomlende flørt til professor i elskov. Om Ovids Amores - Kjærlighetseventyr og Ars amandi – Kunsten å elske. Kunst og kultur. vol. 4.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Gledens gåte. Om Hölderlins Sanger i natten. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Gresk grenseløshet. Om Herodots Historier. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Hårreisende herlig. Om Chrètien de Troyes' Philomena. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Juveler fra Juvenal. Om Juvenals Satirer. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Kjønn og udødelig ry i "ny" Sapfo-papyrus en nøkkel til den romerske resepsjonen av den lesbiske lyrikeren. Norsk litteraturvitenskapelig tidsskrift. vol. 1.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Panegyricus. Av Plinius den yngre. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Purissimus penis. Om Horats Oder. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Skriving på liv og død. Om Roland Barthes' La mort de l'auteur og S/Z. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Slikke med tunger av ild. Om Ragnhild Jølsens Efterladte Arbeider. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Sublim sang og ristede husmus. Om antikkens skrivende kvinner. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Vergils testamente. Om Vergils Bucolica, Georgica og Aeneide. Morgenbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea. (2008) Vibratord. Om å få språket til å dirre mellom abstraksjon og emosjon. Vinduet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2005) Kunsten å elske. Prosa - tidsskrift for skribenter.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2005) [Anmeldelse] Ovid - en mann for vår tid. Norsk litteraturvitenskapelig tidsskrift.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2004) Forfatteren om Pia Fraus’ Dante. Vinduet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2002) Roma Moderna. Klassiske bybilder i Ovids Kunsten å elske. Arr. Idéhistorisk tidsskrift. vol. 1-2.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2002) Roma Moderna, klassiske byvandringer i Ovids Kunsten å elske. Arr. Idéhistorisk tidsskrift. vol. 1-2.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2000) Brevet er sjelens bilde. Lyrikkmagasin / Den norske lyrikklubben. vol. 15.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2000) Dåpens begynnelse. Akt. vol. 1.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2000) Gjør døren høy, gjør porten vid - møte med nyutnevnt professor i kvinneteologi Kari Elisabeth Børresen. Akt. vol. 3.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2000) Ovid og elegiske epistler. Klassisk Forum. vol. 1.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2000) Porno eller politikk -- om romersk kjærlighetselegi og Trond Berg Eriksens ville vei til Pompeii. Arr. Idéhistorisk tidsskrift. vol. 1.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2000) Porno og elskovskunst. Dagbladet.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (1998) På kurs i Vatikanbiblioteket. Klassisk Forum. vol. 2.

Books

  • 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.

Part of book/report

  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2014) Kjønn, kamp og kjærlighet i "nye" og gamle Sapfo-dikt. Byen og Kunnskapen.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2013) Introduction: Latin love elegy. The Cambridge companion to latin love elegy.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2013) Ovid the love elegist. The Cambridge companion to latin love elegy.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2013) The Latin elegiac couplet. The Cambridge companion to latin love elegy.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2012) Preface. Greek and Roman games in the computer age.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (2009) Fortløpende vitenskapelig kommentarer. Kjærlighetskuren og Brevvekslinger.
  • Thorsen, Thea Selliaas. (1999) Et in Arcadia ego. På klassisk grunn. Det norske instituttet gjennom 40 år.