Thomas Schmitz

Invited Researcher of DEA Programme
Stay in France: from October 1st to November 15th, 2019

After taking a state examination (Staatsexamen, 1988) in Greek and Latin and a maîtrise at the Sorbonne (1989), Thomas Schmitz received his PhD in 1993 at Bonn University (thesis on the reception of Pindar in the French Renaissance). He has been a visiting scholar at the École Normale Supérieure, Harvard, and Stanford. 1999–2003, he was full professor of Greek at Frankfurt University; since 2003, he teaches Greek at Bonn University. He is one of the founding members of the Bonn Centre for the Classical Tradition and member of the trinational graduate school “European Foundation Myths,” which is organized by the universities of Florence, Paris-Sorbonne, and Bonn.

The project 

Title: Electra in French Literature

Keywords: Greek literature, second sophistic, Greek drama, classical receptions, literary theory

Selected publications

  • Thomas A. Schmitz and Nicolas Wiater (eds.), The Struggle for Identity. Greeks and their Past in the First Century BCE, Stuttgart: Steiner 2011.
  • “Camus und der griechische Mythos,” in: Willi Jung (ed.), Albert Camus oder der glückliche Sisyphos – Albert Camus ou Sisyphe heureux, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2013, 367–80.
  • “Blindness and Insight in Argos: Narrators and Audiences in Callimachus Fifth Hymn (The Bath of Pallas),” in: Ute E. Eisen und Peter von Moellendorff (eds.), Über die Grenze: Metalepse in Text- und Bildmedien des Altertums, de Gruyter: Berlin 2013, 174–96.
  • “Allusion, Intertext, Zitat. Die Vergilforschung und neuere Tendenzen der Literaturwissenschaft,” Gymnasium 122 (2015) 525–57.
  • Sophokles Elektra. Herausgegeben, übersetzt und kommentiert, Berlin: de Gruyter 2016.
  • “The Rhetoric of Desire in Philostratus’s Letters,” Arethusa 50 (2017) 257–82.
  • “Callimachus and His Muses. Contextualization in the  Aetia,” in Ute Tischer, Alexandra Forst, and Ursula Gärtner (eds):Text, Kontext, Kontextualisierung. Moderne Kontextkonzepte und antike Literatur, Hildesheim: Olms 2018, 119–36.
  • “Eric-Emmanuel Schmitts Ulysse from Bagdad. Moderne Migration im Spiegel der homerischen Odyssee,” in: Roland Ißler, Rolf Lohse, and Ludger Scherer (eds.), Europäische Gründungsmythen im Dialog der Literaturen. Festschrift für Michael Bernsen zum 65. Geburtstag, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2019, 305–18.
  • “Theorien und Praktiken – Antike / Theories and Practices – Antiquity,” in: Eva von Contzen und Stefan Tilg (eds.), Handbuch Historische Narratologie, Stuttgart: Metzler 2019, 3–10.