I attended Corpus Christi College, Oxford, as an undergraduate and continued into doctoral research, on Greek satirical epigrams of the early centuries AD. A version of my DPhil thesis was subsequently published as Greek Epigram in the Roman Empire: Martial's Forgotten Rivals (Oxford University Press, 2003).
While finishing my doctorate I made ends meet by working as a researcher on the Oxyrhynchus Papyrus Project, and I maintain an active interest in ancient book-illustration.
Through my teaching I developed an interest in classical reception, the study of how later cultures represent and lay claim to the ancient past. My particular interest is in reception of classical antiquity in modern popular culture and subcultures, and this formed the subject of my second book, Ancient Greece in Film and Popular Culture (Exeter Press, 2006, 2nd edition 2008).
Since then I have returned to epigram, co-authoring the Greece and Rome New Survey on Epigram (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and contributing to several major edited volumes. My latest book, Greek Epigram in Reception (in press: Oxford University Press, August 2013) combines my interests in epigram and classical reception study into a new account of how nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain interfaced with the ancient Greek past.
My recent research has combined my two main research strands - ancient epigram, and classical reception - in a study of how translators and popularisers in the later nineteenth century came up with ways of talking about Greek epigram that let them redefine ancient Greece as a social ideal for the present day. The outcome of this research is a major monograph for Oxford University Press, which will be published in August 2013. I talk about classical reception in arecent podcast for the Ideas Lab.
Gideon Nisbet on academia.edu
I sit on the Council of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, and am a former Member of Council of the Classical Association of England and Wales. I am a member of the Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and served on AHRC Research Grants Panel C in 2010 and 2011. I have served as an anonymous referee for numerous academic presses and journals.