Duke University | Classical Studies:

    Peter Burian
  • Peter Burian

  • Professor of Classical & Comparative Literatures, and Theater Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • 233A Allen Building
  • Campus Box 90103
  • Phone: 919-684-2005, 919-681-4292
  • Fax: (919) 681-4262
  • Office Hours: On Leave AY 2013-2014
  • Homepage
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Specialties

    • Dramatic Literature
    • Theater History
    • Literary & Cultural Criticism
  • Research Description

    Greek literature, particularly drama; theory and practice of literary translation; reception of Greco-Roman antiquity in later thought and arts
  • Education

      • Ph.D.,
      • Princeton University,
      • 1971
      • M.A.,
      • Princeton University,
      • 1968
      • A.B. with high honors and high distinction in Classical Studies,
      • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
      • 1964
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Senior Associate,
      • King's College, Cambridge,
      • January-July 2003
      • Charles Dukes Award,
      • Duke Alumni Association,
      • 2001
      • Fellow of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities,
      • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
      • 1988
      • Fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies,
      • Washington, D.C.,
      • 1980-81
      • Younger Humanist Fellow,
      • National Endowment for the Humanities,
      • 1972-73
      • Fulbright Fellow,
      • University of Innsbruck, Austria,
      • 1966-67
      • Woodrow Wilson Fellow,
      • Princeton University,
      • 1964-65
  • Selected Publications

      • "Athenian Tragedy as Democratic Discourse."
      • Why Athens: A Reappraisal of Trgic Politics.
      • Ed. D. M. Carter.
      • Oxford:
      • Oxford University Press,
      • 2010.
      • 95-117.
      • "Sophocles' Polyphonic Ajax."
      • Blackwell Companion to Sophocles.
      • Ed. Kirk Ormand.
      • 2012.
      • "Gender and the City: Antigone from Hegel to Butler and Back."
      • When Worlds Elide.
      • Ed. J. P. Euben and K. Bassi.
      • Lanham, MD:
      • Lexington Books [Rowman and Littlefield],
      • 2010.
      • 255-299.
      • "Inconclusive Conclusion: The Ending(s) of the Oedipus Tyrannus."
      • Sophocles and the Tragic Tradition.
      • Ed. E. Hall and S. Goldhill.
      • Cambridge Univeristy Press (2009),
      • 2009.
      • 99-118.
      • "City, Farewell!: Genos, Polis and Gender in Aeschylus's Seven Against Thebes and Euripides' Phoenician Women."
      • Tragedy and Sexual Difference,.
      • Ed. D. McCoskey and E. Zakin.
      • SUNY Press,
      • 2009.
      • 16-45.
      • "Euripides."
      • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome..
      • Ed. Michael Gagarin and Elaine Fantham.
      • 3
      • New York:
      • Oxford University Press,
      • 2010.
      • 129-41.
      • "Euripides' Helen."
      • Euripides V (Greek Tragedy in New Translations).
      • New York:
      • Oxford University Press,
      • 2010.
      • 225-391.
      • (Verse translation with commentary)
      • Aristophanes, Birds.
      • Bryn Mawr Commentaries, Bryn Mawr, Penn,
      • 1991.
      • (Greek text with commentary).
      • Aeschylus, The Suppliants.
      • Princeton University Press: Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation, Princeton,
      • 1991.
      • (Translation with introduction and notes).
      • with Alan Shapiro.
      • Aeschylus, Oresteia.
      • Greek Tragedy in New Translations:,
      • Oxford University Press, New York,
      • 2003.
      • (Translation with introduction and notes. Reissued as Aeschylus I, 2010).
      • Euripides, Helen.
      • Aris and Phillips Classical Texts, Oxbow Books, Oxford,
      • 2007.
      • (Greek text with prose translation, introduction and commentary).
      • "Myth into Muthos: the Shaping of Tragic Plot."
      • The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy.
      • Ed. P.E. Easterling.
      • Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
      • 1997.
      • 178-208.
      • Reprinted in Greek Drama, edited by Harold Bloom, New York: Chelsea House (2004) 328-59 328-59.
      • "Parola di donna? La voce di Lisistrata e la fantasia comica."
      • Atti del convegno di studi "Comicità e riso nella commedia antica," Cagliari 2005.
      • Ed. P. Mureddu and G. F. Nieddu.
      • Supplementi di Lexis 42,
      • Amsterdam: Adolf M. Hakkert,
      • 2007.
      • 131-41.
      • "Logos and Pathos: The Politics of the Suppliant Women."
      • Directions in Euripidean Criticism.
      • Durham, NC: Duke University Press,
      • 1985.
      • 129-155, 212-221.
      • "Biologia, democrazia e donne nelle Eumenidi di Eschilo."
      • Lexis
      • 24
      • (2006)
      • :
      • 45-57.
      • "Euripides' Heraclidae: An Interpretation."
      • Classical Philology
      • 72
      • (1977)
      • :
      • 1-21.
      • ""Sepulchers," a translation of Ugo Foscolo, "Carme dei Sepolcri" with brief introduction and notes."
      • Literary Imagination
      • 4
      • (2002)
      • :
      • 17-30.
      • "" 'All that Greek manure under the green bananas': Derek Walcott's Odyssey"."
      • South Atlantic Quarterly
      • 96
      • (1997)
      • :
      • 359-77.
      • "Tragedy Adapted for Stages and Screens: the Renaissance to the Present."
      • The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy.
      • Ed. P.E. Easterling.
      • Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
      • 1997.
      • 228-83.
      • "Translation, the Profession, and the Poets."
      • American Journal of Philology
      • 121
      • (2000)
      • :
      • 299-307.
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  • Morgantina 1
  • Paestum 1
  • Tomb of Caecilia Metella
  • pottery
  • pottery
  • Pompeii 2
  • Paestum 2
  • Hadrian's Villa 2
  • Rome
  • Hadrian's Villa 1
  • Pantheon 2
  • Pompeii 1
  • papyrus
  • Roman Forum 1
  • Jake 2
  • Morgantina 2
  • site
  • Agrigento 2
  • Jake 1
  • Agrigento 3
  • Acropolis