Peter H. Burian
Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies
Greek literature, particularly drama; theory and practice of literary translation; reception of Greco-Roman antiquity in later thought and arts
Education & Training:
Ph.D., Princeton University 1971
M.S., Princeton University 1968
B.A., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1964
Burian, P. H. Euripides, Helen. Aris and Phillips Classical Texts, Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2007.
Shapiro, Alan. Aeschylus, Oresteia. Oxford University Press, New York, 2003.
Burian, P. H. Aeschylus, The Suppliants. Princeton University Press: Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation, Princeton, 1991.
Burian, P. H. Aristophanes, Birds. Bryn Mawr Commentaries, Bryn Mawr, Penn, 1991.
Burian, P. H. Directions in Euripidean Criticism: A Collection of Essays Edited with "Selected Bibliography of Euripidean Criticism since World War II". Duke University Press, 1985.
Burian, P., and Brian Swann. The Greek Tragedy in New Translations:. Oxford University Press, New York, 1981.
Burian, P. H. “Aeschylus: "Oresteia", "Persians", "Prometheus Bound", "Seven Against Thebes", and "Suppliants." Gilbert Murray as Literary Translator.” Encyclopedia of Literary Translation, edited by O. Classe, London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2000.
Burian, P. H. “Myth into Muthos: the Shaping of Tragic Plot.” The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy, edited by P. E. Easterling, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997, pp. 178–208.
Burian, P. H. “Tragedy Adapted for Stages and Screens: the Renaissance to the Present.” The Cambridge Companion to Greek Tragedy, edited by P. E. Easterling, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997, pp. 228–83.
Burian, P. H. “Introduction, Notes and Glossary.” The Greek Tragedy in New Translations:, Oxford University Press, New York, 1996.
Burian, P. H. “On Being a Political Animal in the Academic Zoo.” The Academic’s Handbook, edited by A Leigh DeNeef and Craufurd Goodwin, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1995, pp. 65–72.
Burian, P. H. “Logos and Pathos: The Politics of the Suppliant Women.” Directions in Euripidean Criticism, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1985, pp. 129–221.
Burian, P., and Brian Swann. “Euripides, The Phoenician Women.” The Greek Tragedy in New Translations:, Oxford University Press, New York, 1981.
Burian, P. H. “The Play before the Prologue: Initial Tableaux on the Greek Stage.” Ancient and Modern: Essays in Honor of Gerald F. Else, Ann Arbor: Center for the Coordination of Ancient and Modern Studies, 1977, pp. 79–94.
Peter Burian, C. A. “Translation, the Profession, and the Poets.” American Journal of Philology, vol. 121, 2000, pp. 299–307.
Peter Burian, C. A. “Notes and Commentary" to William Arrowsmith's posthumously published lecture, “Euripides and the Dramaturgy of Crisis.” Literary Imagination, vol. 1, 1999, pp. 227–35.
Peter Burian, C. A. “'You can build a heavy-beamed poem out of this': Derek Walcott's Odyssey.” Classical World, vol. 93, 1999, pp. 71–81.
Peter Burian, S. A. “" 'All that Greek manure under the green bananas': Derek Walcott's Odyssey".” South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 96, 1997, pp. 359–77.
Burian, P. H. “Review of Pietro Pucci, Oedipus and the Fabrication of the Father and Charles Segal, Oedipus Tyrannus: Tragic Heroism and the Limits of Knowledge.” Classical Journal, vol. 91, Jan. 1995, pp. 202–09.
Burian, P. H. “Review of Giulia Sissa, Greek Virginity.” Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol. 2, Jan. 1992, pp. 641–44.
Burian, P. H. “Review of Mary Whitlock Blundell, Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus.” Bryn Mawr Classical Review, vol. 2, Jan. 1991, pp. 261–62.
Burian, P. H. “Review of Gilbert and Sarah Lawall, Euripides’ Hippolytus: A Companion with Translation.” Classical Outlook, vol. 69, Jan. 1989, pp. 70–70.
Peter Burian, Group B. “Zeus soter tritos and Some Triads in Aeschylus' Oresteia.” American Journal of Philology, vol. 107, 1986, pp. 332–42.
Burian, P. H. “Review of William M. Calder, III. (ed.), Ulrich von Wilamowitz-Moellendorff, Selected Correspondence 1869-1931.” Classical World, vol. 79, Jan. 1985, pp. 51–52.