Claire Catenaccio

Assistant Professor of Classical Studies

External address: 
233 Allen Building, Box 90103, Durham, NC 27708-0103
Internal office address: 
233D Allen Building, Box 90103, Durham, NC 27708-0103
Phone: 
(919) 681-3058

Greek and Roman drama; ancient music and dance; theatrical reception; mythology.

My primary field of research in Classical Studies is ancient drama, focusing at present on the role of music in the tragedies of Euripides. I have written on the significance of lamed figures in Greek mythology, on the use of masks in Attic tragedy, on the imagery of dreams in Aeschylus' Oresteia, and on singing actors in Sophocles' Trachiniae. As an dramaturge and director, I have worked extensively with modern stagings of ancient texts, and for the past five years have experimented with the active speaking of Greek and Latin as an instructor for the Paideia Institute.

Education & Training:

  • Ph.D., Columbia University 2017

  • M.Phil., Oxford University (U.K.) 2009

  • A.B., Harvard University 2007

Catenaccio, C. "Oedipus Tyrannus: The Riddle of the Feet." The Classical Outlook 89.4 (July 1, 2012): 102-107.

Catenaccio, C. "Dream as image and action in aeschylus' Oresteia." Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies 51.2 (December 2, 2011): 202-231.