Nicola Hömke studied Latin and Greek Philology at the Universities of Heidelberg and Oxford and graduated with the First State Examination degree at the University of Heidelberg. In 2001 she received her doctorate in Heidelberg with a dissertation entitled ‘In Case a Ghost Appears. Composition and Motifs of Ps.-Quintilian, Declamationes maiores X, XIV and XV’. From 2001 to 2011 she worked as Research Assistant at the Chair of Latin (Prof. Dr. Christiane Reitz) of the University of Rostock where she also completed her habilitation thesis ‘In the Death Zone. The Representation and Function of the Terrible, Gruesome and Horrific in Lucan’s Bellum Civile’; Berlin, 2016, forthcoming) in 2012.
From 2011 to 2013 she was employed as Research Assistant in the German Research Foundation-Project ‘The Rhetoric of Monotheism in the Roman Empire: Monotheistic Speech in Late Antique Poetry and Prose’, directed by Prof. Dr. Therese Fuhrer. Since then she has held the position of Acting Chair of Latin at the Freie Universität Berlin (Summer Semester 2013-Winter Semester 2014/15), at the LMU Munich (Summer Semester 2015) and most recently at the University of Osnabrück (Winter Semester 2015/16) and the University of Potsdam (since Summer Semester 2016).
Nicola Hömke's research focuses on the epics and short epics of the early imperial period, Roman rhetoric, Late Antique poetry and the conceptions of literary fantasy and the aesthetics of the ugly.