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

Ubi suadebit placidos nox umida somnos (Ov. Fast. 2.635): Vergilian Sleep on a February Evening at the Caristia”, forthcoming in Mnemosyne (2021).

“Generic Experimentation in the Epigrams of ‘Theocritus’”, in P. Kyriakou, A. Rengakos and E. Sistakou (eds.), Brill’s Companion to Theocritus. Leiden (2021): 198–222.

“Loosen the Cables (Aemilianus AP 9.218 = Gow-Page GP 2)”, Acta Classica 64 (2021): 292–297.

“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 (2020): 240-249.

“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

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