Taylor Coughlan

  • Visiting Assistant Professor

I was trained in classical philology at Carleton College, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Cincinnati. I also was a participant at the 2011 American Society of Papyrologists Summer Institute. Prior to joining the Classics Department at the University of Pittsburgh, I taught at the University of Tennessee and University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

My research focuses on the poetry of the Hellenistic period and its reception in Latin literature, with a particular concentration on epigram, epic, and aesthetic thought. My current book project, The Poetics of Dialect in Hellenistic Literature, argues that Hellenistic poets harnessed the literary and cultural associations of dialect to demonstrate a mastery of and engagement with various poetic traditions, articulate new poetic voices, construct ethnic identities, evoke local and imagined soundscapes, and grapple with changed geo-political realities. Beyond offering the first literary history of dialect choice in Greek poetry, my research engages with and contributes to broader scholarly discourses around the intersection of language, identity, and culture. I have published on topics related to this research project as well as articles on Apollonius Rhodes, Theocritus, and papyrological editions.

I teach courses in Greek language, literature, and history. I have a deep and longstanding commitment to making the study of the ancient world accessible and inclusive.

Education & Training

  • PhD in Classics, University of Cincinnati
  • MA in Classics, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • BA in Classical Languages, Carleton College

Representative Publications

“The Poetics of Dialect in the Self-Epitaphs of Nossis and Leonidas of Tarentum”, Classical Philology 115 (2020): 607-629.

“Lovely Earth (Leonidas of Tarentum Anth. Pal. 7.440 = Gow-Page, HE 11)”, Philologus 164 (Forthcoming 2020).

“Star-crossed: Hector, Achilles, Jason, and Medea at Argonautica 3.956-61”, Mnemosyne 72 (2019): 871-879.

“A Tragic Mother at SGO 09/01/01,7”, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 207 (2018): 39-40.

“Antichresis and Dioikesis: Resolving a Dispute between Public and Private Debt in the Egyptian Delta”, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 205 (2017): 217-227.

“Dialect and Imitation in Late Hellenistic Book Epigram”, in E. Sistakou and A. Rengakos (eds.), Dialect, Diction, and Style in Greek Literary and Inscribed Epigram. De Gruyter (2016): 37-70.

P.Tebt. 2.562: Conclusion to a Report of Proceedings,” Bulletin for the American Society of Papyrologists 50 (2013):123-127.

Research Interests

Hellenistic Greek Poetry, Epic Tradition, Aesthetic Thought, Papyrology, Language Pedagogy

Research Category

What we've been up to lately

  • For four weeks in May, Dr. Carrie Weaver and 15 Pitt undergrads studied and traveled in Sicily through the Classics Department's Pitt in Sicily study abroad program. In the classroom, the students studied Greek archaeology and read works of ancient Greek literature that were directly connected to the island. On excursion, they circumnavigated Sicily and were able to experience first-hand many of the sites and objects that they learned about in class

  • This past June, Dr. Jacques A. Bromberg chaired a paper session at the second workshop on Conflict Resolution in Ancient and Modern Contexts: Theory and Genre at King’s College London (read about the workshop here). He was joined by colleagues from Colombia, Brazil, the UK, USA, Spain, and Germany in producing new research on how Classical literature exemplifies and showcases conflict resolution skills. In April, Dr. Bromberg attended the first workshop in Bogotá, Colombia, where he presented a paper entitled "Peace through Sport: Modern Lessons from Ancient Sources".

  • Dr. Nicholas F. Jones is now under contract to submit revised texts, translations, and commentaries for the recently inaugurated second edition of Brill’s New Jacoby (“BNJ2”). The first twenty-one entries will take him through a September 1, 2018 deadline, with the remaining (more substantial) authors to follow later on a new deadline.

  • Dr. Mae Smethurst Mae was invited by the Classics Department of the University of Kyoto to give two lectures - one on Euripides' "Medea", April 20th, and another on Sophocles' "Antigone", May 11th, 2018.