portrait of the artist as a young man
 Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Thomas Nelson Winter

Department of Classics and Religious Studies
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Office: 940 OldH
Mailing Address:
237 Andrews Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0337
(402) 472-4480

Curriculum Vitae


Born January 27, 1944, Lansing, Michigan.
Married Joanna Catherine Fink, 1964. (Two children, Ruth, 1970; Rose, 1972.)


  • J. W. Sexton High School, Lansing, 1961.
  • B.A. in Latin, Michigan State University 1964.
  • M.A. in Classics, Northwestern University, 1965.
  • Ph.D. in Classics, Northwestern, 1968.
  • FAA Private Pilot License, 2000.


  • Night Editor The State News, Michigan State University, 1962-1964.
  • Reporter, The Times Herald, Port Huron, Michigan, summer, 1963.
  • Cataloger of Rare Books, Adler Planetarium and Astronomical Museum, Chicago, summer, 1966, 1967.
  • Guest Lecturer, Adler Planetarium, 1967
  • Assistant Professor, Classics, University of Hawaii, 1968-1970.
  • Acting Head of Classics Division, summer, 1969.
  • Assistant Professor, Classics, University of Nebraska, 1970-1975.
  • Associate Professor, Classics and Religious Studies, University of Nebraska, 1976- .


  • Honors Convocation Committee, 1975-80. Chair, 1979-80
  • Secretary, Faculty Senate Library Committee, 1985-87.
  • Chairman and secretary, Faculty Senate Library Committee, Fall, 1987.
  • Chairman, University Barber Prize Committee, 1985-
  • Examiner, Graduate Reading Exams in Latin, Greek, 1985-
  • Classics Department Alumni Secretary, 1986-
         $25,000 endowment from corresponding alum, '97
  • Founding Editor of Department's alumni newsletter, 1987-.
  • Academic Senate, completed fifth term, April 30, 1993.
  • Academic Senate, seventh term, April 30, 2001- April 2003.
  • Writing Team, University of Nebraska Accreditation Self Study Report, Chapter: Integrity of University Operations. January-May, 1996.
  • Chaired departmental committee sessions that streamlined the curriculum in Greek, and the curriculum in Latin, Spring, 1998.
  • Chair, Human Rights Committee, 1998-2000


  • "Merit Increment for Excellence in Teaching and Research," University of Hawaii, 1969. [At the time, it was the university's only teaching award of any kind. Teaching of nominees was evaluated by classroom visitations.]
  • NEH Summer Seminar, American Academy in Rome, 1978.
  • UN-L Parents Assn Award for Service to Students, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2007.
  • UN-L Research Council Leave, Fall, 1978; Fall, '88; Spring, 2000.


  1. "On The Publication of Apuleius' Apology," TAPA 100 (1969), pp. 606-612. Reprinted 2004 on the Apuleius Website. Available there as a PDF file.
  2. Review. Frank Regen, Apuleius Philosophus Platonicus: Untersuchungen zur Apologie (De Magia) und zu De Mundo, De Grutyer. Classical World 66 (September 1972), p. 50.
  3. Review. "A Protean Work," review of Anthony Burgess, MF, Knopf. Prairie Schooner 46 (Spring, 1972), pp. 82-83. (The novel is a recasting of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. The review has been reprinted in Contemporary Literary Criticism, vol. 4, Gale, 1975)
  4. Review. A. R. Harrison, The Law of Athens: Procedure, Oxford University Press, 1971. American Classical Review 2 (1972) pp. 182-183.
  5. "Catullus Purified: a History of Catullus 16," Arethusa 6 (1973), pp. 257-265.
  6. "On the Corpus of Lysias," Classical Journal 69 (1973-74), pp. 34-40.
  7. Review. "New World Bible Translation Committee," The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures, Classical Journal 69 (1973-1974) 375-376.
  8. Review. "Idyllic Greek and Honest Verse," [Homer] Daryl Hine, tr. The Homeric Hymns and the Battle of the Frogs and Mice, Atheneum. Prairie Schooner 49 (Spring, 1975), pp. 170-171.
  9. Review. "A New Prescription for a Lens to Homer," [Homer] Robert Fitzgerald, tr. The Iliad, Doubleday. Prairie Schooner 49 (Spring 1975), pp. 81-82.
  10. "Cincinnatus and the Disbanding of Washington's Army," Classical Bulletin 51 (1975), pp 81-86.
  11. Review. Aldo Scaglione, The Classical Theory of Composition From its Origins to the Present; a Historical Survey, University of North Carolina Press, 1972. American Classical Review 3 (April 1973, which number appeared in April, 1976).
  12. Review. C. R. Beye, Ancient Greek Literature and Society, Anchor, 1975. Prairie Schooner 50 (1976), p. 275.
  13. "The Strategy that Gave Independance to the United States," Classical Bulletin 53 (1976), pp. 2-9.
  14. Review. Ralph Marcellino, The Greek Anthology, Selected Epigrams, 1976. Prairie Schooner 51 (1977), p. 210.
  15. "Did the Romans Really Talk Like That?" The Classical Outlook 55 (1977) pp. 25-26.
  16. "The Direction of Vergil's Weather," Classical Bulletin 55 (1979), pp. 33-36.
  17. "Roman Concrete: The Ascent, Summit, and Decline of an Art," Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences 8 (1979), pp. 137-143.
  18. "The Roman Road to Reading Latin," Classical Journal 78 (1983) pp. 46-49.
  19. "Plautus," Critical Survey of Drama, Salem Press, 1986, pp. 1481-1487.
  20. "The Place of Archery in Ancient Greek Warfare," The Longbow, 7.3 (February, 1990), pp. 12-16.
  21. "When Quod is 'Which' and When Quod is 'Because'," Classical Outlook 72 (1995), pp.79-84.
  22. "The Heuristics of Julius Caesar's Potentially Ambiguous Case-endings," Classical Outlook 61 (1983), pp. 8-9.
  23. "Roberto Busa, S.J., and The Invention of the Machine-Generated Concordance," Classical Bulletin 75 (1999), pp. 3-21.
  24. "A Mathematical Commentary on Xenophon Hellenika 2.1.25, 5.3.5 and Thucydides 3.2" The Ancient World 34.2 (2003)
  25. "The Third Qui, and Six Ways to Recognize It," The Classical Outlook 83, fall, 2005, 18-20.

    Note: Most of the above are available as PDFs at http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/classicsfacpub
    Additional articles in The Christian Science Monitor and in national special-interest magazines: Flying Models, Model Aviation, The Longbow, and Speedskating Times. The Monitor column can still be read at http://www.csmonitor.com/durable/2000/08/10/fp11s2-csm.shtml
    I am the only Classics prof to appear in Math Horizons. "The Canoe Curve" appeared in the February '02 issue.


  1. Odds on Latin. Draft is now at 800+K.
  2. The Mechanical Problems in the Corpus of Aristotle, translation and commentary. Claims authorship for Archytas of Tarentum. On Academic Commons. Seeking publisher.


(All by anonymous selection, except where noted.)
  1. "On the Publication Of Apuleius' Apology", American Philological Association (APA), San Francisco, 1969.
  2. Quo Sidere?, APA, Chicago, 1974.
  3. "Cincinnatus and the Disbanding of Washington's Army", Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS), Cleveland, 1975.
  4. "Classical Models for 1776", APA, Washington, D.C., (Invited 45-minute address at joint session with American Classical League)
  5. "The Weather Signs in Vergil's Georgics" , APA, New York, 1976.
  6. "An Absolutely Correct Aspect of Aristotle's Physics", APA, Atlanta, 1977.
  7. "Vergil's Promise of Octavian's Balanced Cosmos", CAMWS, Iowa City, 1977.
  8. "Did the Romans Really Talk Like That?", CAMWS, Houston, 1978.
  9. "Roman Concrete: The Ascent, Summit, and Decline of an Art" (Invited Paper.), Nebraska Academy of Sciences (NAS), 1978.
  10. "The Effect of Greek Biological Thought on the Status of Women", CAMWS, Madison, 1979.
  11. "Haud sine numine divum", APA, New Orleans, 1980.
  12. "Developing a Course in Ancient Technology," American Classical League (ACL), National Institute, Omaha, 1981. (Invited paper.)
  13. "Towards a Computer Program for Translating Latin" (Invited Paper.), ACL, National Institute, Omaha, 1981.
  14. "Classroom Applications from a Computer Analysis of Latin," Nebraska Foreign Language Teachers Assn. (NFLTA), 1981. (Invited paper.)
  15. "The Brazen Rule: The History of a Concept from 750-450 B.C.", CAMWS, Columbus, 1983.
  16. "The Natural Place of Aristotle's Mechanics"APA, Cincinnati, 1983.
  17. "Dido's Death", CAMWS, Williamsburg, l984.
  18. "The Case of the Genitive", CAMWS, Tampa, 1986.
  19. "The Fist of Odysseus", CAMWS, Boulder, 1987.
  20. "Hector in the Homeric Hierarchy of Heroism", CAMWS, New Orleans, 1988.
  21. "Is it uti or uti?", CAMWS, Hamilton, Ontario, 1991.
  22. "When Quod is 'Which' and When Quod is Because'", CAMWS, Atlanta, 1994.
  23. "The Meaning of Lippus, Lippire, Lippitudo, APA, San Diego, 1995. (also delivered at Creighton University by invitation of the History of Medicine Club, January 9, 1996).
  24. "The Concept and Treatment of Disease in an Animistic Society," History of Medicine Club, Creighton University, January 7, 1997.
  25. "Corinthian Tolls and Taxes and the Byzantine Toll of 220," APA, Chicago, 1997.
  26. "Physics, Math, and Greek Warfare," CAMWS, St. Louis, 2004. 100th annual CAMWS meeting.
  27. "How to Throw a Spear on A Sling," CAMWS, Madison, 2005.
  28. "The Third Qui, and Six Ways to Recognize It," CAMWS, Gainesville, 2006.
  29. "Why Aristotle is Not the Author of the Mechanical Problems," CAMWS, Cincinnati, 2007.
  30. "Thermopylae and the 300," Phi Alpha Theta, Lincoln, March, 2007.
  31. "The Census of the Latin Endings," CAMWS, University of Arizona, 2008.


  • A. Theater:

    1. I have performed in seven plays at the Lincoln Community Playhouse.
    2. Most recently appeared in Clifford Odets' "The Country Girl" at the Coffee House (January-February, 1994)
    3. Have appeared with the David Dorfman Dance ensemble, '93.
  • B. Civic:

    • Founder of Linc-In-Liners In-Line Skating Club.
    • Co-founder of Lincoln Speed Club.
    • Co-founder of Nebraska Free-flighters Model Airplane Club.
    • Founder and program coordinator, History of the Math Club.
    • Taught "Introduction to Safe In-Line Skating" at Southeast Community College, 1995-1998.
    • President, Chapter 569, Experimental Aircraft Assn. (EAA), 2001 and 2002.
    • Board of Directors, Great Plains Trails Network, 1997-2005, Secretary, 2000-2001.
    • State Steering Committee, Nebraska Green Party, 2000-2001.
    • Board of Trustees, Unitarian Church of Lincoln, 2004-
    • President, Unitarian Church of Lincoln, 2005-2006.
  • C. Music:

    • Organized a string quartet which met weekly for 6 years.
    • Played second violin in Lincoln Civic Orchestra for many years.
    • Played viola for pickup orchestras.


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