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Claire E Catenaccio, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies and Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science and Society

Claire E Catenaccio

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.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  233 Allen Building, Box 90103, Durham, NC 27708-0103
Office Phone:  (919) 681-3058
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2018):

    Allen 229, MWF 01:40 PM-02:30 PM
  • CLST 208.01, ANCIENT MYTH Synopsis
    Gray 228, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
    (also cross-listed as MEDREN 301.01, RELIGION 208.01, THEATRST 228.01)
Office Hours:

Monday and Wednesday 11:30-12:30pm

Ph.D.Columbia University2017
M.Phil.Oxford University (U.K.)2009
A.B. Harvard University2007

Humanities literature • Music, Greek and Roman • Mythology, Classical • Theater--Greece

Recent Publications

  1. Catenaccio, C, Tragedy on the Comic Stage., Classical World, vol. 111 no. 1 (2017), pp. 146-147
  2. Catenaccio, C, Sudden Song: The Musical Structure of Sophocles’ Trachiniae, Arethusa, vol. 50 no. 1 (2017), pp. 1-33 [doi]
  3. Catenaccio, C, Oedipus Tyrannus: The Riddle of the Feet, The Classical Outlook, vol. 89 no. 4 (July, 2012), pp. 102-107
  4. Catenaccio, C, Dream as image and action in aeschylus' Oresteia, Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies, vol. 51 no. 2 (December, 2011), pp. 202-231  [abs]

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