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Dr Nicolas Wiater

Lecturer
GK Programme Convener

nw23@st-andrews.ac.uk

Phone: 01334 462625

Room: C32

Research profile

Research Interests

My main research interest are Hellenistic and early Imperial Greek literature and culture, esp. historiography (Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Polybius, Diodorus, Josephus) and literary criticism (Dionysius of Halicarnassus); Greek intellectual culture and cultural identity; modern theoretical approaches and ancient literature. Even after the monograph (The Ideology of Classicism. Language, History, and Identity in Dionysius of Halicarnassus, de Gruyter 2011), I am still fascinated by Dionysius and Greek classicism in Augustan Rome. I am working on various articles on his works and am preparing the first German translation of his Roman Antiquities since the 18th century. However, the focus of my current is on Polybius' Histories, especially the third book on which I am preparing a new commentary (the first since 1957). 

Publications

Martin Braun, Griechischer Roman und Hellenistische Geschichtsschreibung. Frankfurt a.M. 1934
Wiater, N. (Translator) & Whitmarsh, T. (Translator) 2017 Barkhuis. 120 p. (Ancient Narrative)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Dionysius von Halikarnass, Römische Frühgeschichte, Bd. I
Wiater, N. (Translator) 2014 Stuttgart: Hiersemann Verlag. (Bibliothek der griechischen Literatur)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

The Struggle for Identity: Greeks and their Past in the First Century BCE
Schmitz, T. A. (ed.) & Wiater, N. (ed.) 2011 Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag. 305 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

The Ideology of Classicism: Language, History, and Identity in Dionysius of Halicarnassus
Wiater, N. 2011 Berlin: de Gruyter. 395 p. (Untersuchungen zur antiken Literatur und Geschichte; vol. 105)
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Polybius, Histories, Unattributed Fragments, translation and commentary
Wiater, N. 2017 The Landmark Polybius. Champion, C. & Eckstein, A. (eds.).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther contribution

Polybius and Sallust
Wiater, N. 2016 Oxford Handbook of Thucydides. Foster, E., Forsdyke, S. & Balot, R. (eds.). Oxford University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

“Expertise, ‘Character’ and the ‘Authority Effect’ in the Early Roman History of Dionysius of Halicarnassus”
Wiater, N. 2016 Authority and Expertise in Ancient Scientific Culture. König, J. & Woolf, G. (eds.). Cambridge University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

“Getting Over Athens: Re-Writing Hellenicity in the Early Roman History of Dionysius of Halicarnassus”
Wiater, N. 2016 The Hellenistic and Early Imperial Greek Reception of Classical Athenian Democracy and Political Thought. Canevaro, M. & Gray, B. (eds.). Oxford University Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Shifting Endings, Ambiguity and Deferred Closure in Polybius' Histories
Wiater, N. 2016 Knowing Future Time in and through Greek Historiography. Lianeri, A. (ed.). de Gruyter, p. 217-39 (Trends in Classics Supplementary Series)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

“The Aesthetics of Truth: Narrative and Historical Hermeneutics in Polybius' Histories”
Wiater, N. 2016 Truth, Belief and Fictionality in Tragedy and Historiography. Proceedings of Panel VII of the Celtic Classics Conference, Bordeaux, 09/2012 . Ruffell, I. & Hau, L. (eds.).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Hellenistische Rhetorik
Wiater, N. 2014 Handbuch der griechischen Literatur der Antike vol. 2. Beck Verlag, p. 860-886 (Handbuch der Altertumswissenschaft)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Kissing
Wiater, N. 2012 Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Wiley-Blackwell
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Greek Language and Dialects (Classical Times)
Wiater, N. 2012 Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Wiley-Blackwell
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Writing Roman History – Shaping Greek Identity: The Ideology of Historiography in Dionysius of Halicarnassus
Wiater, N. 2011 The Struggle for Identity: Greeks and their Past in the First Century BCE. Wiater, N. & Schmitz, T. A. (eds.). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, p. 61-91
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Introduction: Approaching Greek Identity
Wiater, N. & Schmitz, T. A. 2011 The Struggle for Identity: Greeks and their Past in the First Century BCE. Wiater, N. & Schmitz, T. A. (eds.). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, p. 15-45
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Der utopische Körper: Die Interpretation frühgriechischer Lyrik am Beispiel von Sappho frg. 31LP
Wiater, N. 2010 Antike – Lyrik – Heute: Zur Präsenz griechische und lateinischer Lyrik in deutschsprachiger Lyrik und Altphilologie der Gegenwart. Elit, S., Reents, F. & Bremer, J. (eds.). Remscheid: Gardez!, p. 23-49
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Speeches and Historical Narrative in Polybius’ Histories: Approaching Speeches in Polybius
Wiater, N. 2010 Stimmen der Geschichte: Funktionen von Reden in der antiken Historiographie. Pausch, D. (ed.). Berlin: de Gruyter, p. 67-107 (Beiträge zur Altertumskunde; vol. 284)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Tragedies to Laugh at: Lucian on the Failures of Mimesis
Wiater, N. 2009 Melpomène dans tous ses états. Le tragique hors de la tragédie dans la litterature latine. Lefèbvre, L. & Glinatsis, R. (eds.). Vol. 1, 26 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Zankapfel Klassiker: Streit und Gelehrtenkontroverse als Konstituenten des griechischen Klassizismus im ersten Jahrhundert v. Chr. in den Schriften des Dionysius von Halikarnass
Wiater, N. 2008 Streitkultur: Okzidentale Traditionen des Streites in Literatur, Geschichte und Kunst. Baumann, U., Steiner-Weber, A. & Becker, A. (eds.). Göttingen: Vandenhoek und Ruprecht: Bonn University Press, p. 1-29 (Super alta perennis; vol. 2)
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

 

Amphictyon, son of Hellen? A misunderstood mythological reference in Dion. Hal. Ant. Rom. 4.25.3
Wiater, N. 29 Jul 2016 In : The Classical Quarterly. 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Polybius on speeches in Timaeus: syntax and structure in Histories 12.25a
Wiater, N. Apr 2014 In : The Classical Quarterly. 64, 1, p. 121-135 15 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reading the Jewish War: Narrative Technique and Historical Interpretation in Josephus’s Bellum Judaicum
Wiater, N. Jan 2010 In : Materiali e Discussioni per l'analisi dei testi classici . 64, p. 145-185
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Geschichte als imaginäres Museum: Zum Geschichtsmodell in Diodors Bibliotheke.
Wiater, N. 2006 In : Würzburger Jahrbücher für die Altertumswissenschaft. NF 30, p. 59-85
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Geschichtsschreibung und Kompilation: Diodors historiographische Arbeitsmethode und seine Vorstellungen von zeitgemäßer Geschichtsschreibung.
Wiater, N. 2006 In : Rheinisches Museum. 149, p. 248-71
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Eine poetologische Deutung des σηκός in Simon. Fr. 531 PMG
Wiater, N. 2005 In : Hermes. 133, p. 44-55
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

Dreyer, B .,Polybios. Studienbücher Antike 4. Hildesheim, Zurich and New York: Georg Olms, 2011
Wiater, N. 2014 In : The Classical Review.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Jennifer R. Ballengee, The Wound and the Witness. The Rhetoric of Torture. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009.
Wiater, N. 7 Apr 2012 In : Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Thorsten Fögen, Wissen, Kommunikation und Selbstdarstellung: Zur Struktur und Charakteristik römischer Fachtexte der frühen Kaiserzeit. Zetemata 134. München: Beck 2009
Wiater, N. 2010 In : Bryn Mawr Classical Review. 2010.12.27
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Diodore de Sicile. Bibliothèque historique. Fragments livres XXI-XXVI, ed. P. Goukowsky. Paris: Budé 2006
Wiater, N. 2009 In : GNOMON-KRITISCHE ZEITSCHRIFT FUR DIE GESAMTE KLASSISCHE ALTERTUMSWISSENSCHAFT. 81, p. 300-306
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Erich S. Gruen (ed.), Cultural Borrowings and Ethnic Appropriations in Antiquity. Stuttgart 2005
Wiater, N. 2007 In : Bryn Mawr Classical Review. 2007.07.46
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Klaus Bringmann, Augustus. Darmstadt 2007
Wiater, N. 2007 In : Frankfurter elektronische Rundschau zur Altertumskunde (FeRA). 5
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

W. Martin Bloomer, The Contest of Language. Before and Beyond Nationalism. Notre Dame, IN. 2005
Wiater, N. 2006 In : Bryn Mawr Classical Review. 2006.06.21
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Anouk Delcourt, Lecture des Antiquités Romaines de Denys d’Halicarnasse. Un historien entre deux mondes. Brussels 2005
Wiater, N. 2005 In : Bryn Mawr Classical Review. 2005.10.46
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

 

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Teaching

The main focus of my teaching is Greek (currently Homer in GK2001/3 and 3021; Menander in GK1005; tutorials for CL1004) but I also enjoy teaching courses in Latin (Martial in LT2001,3). I am happy to supervise undergraduate or graduate dissertations in any of the areas outlined above.

Academic career

I did most of my studies in Germany, at Bonn University (M.A. 2004; Ph.D. 2008) where I was a lecturer in Classics from 2005-2010. I also spent plenty of time both at other German universities (Frankfurt and Heidelberg 2002) and abroad (Pisa 2002-2003; Cambridge 2006-2007). Last year I was Oldfather Visiting Scholar and held Feodor-Lynen Scholarship of the Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in the US.

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