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

Claire Catenaccio

Please note: Claire has left the "Classical Studies" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

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.

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

Office Hours:

WF 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, and by appointment
Office Location: Allen 233D 


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, Sudden song: The musical structure of sophocles' trachiniae, Arethusa, vol. 50 no. 1 (December, 2017), pp. 1-33, Johns Hopkins University Press [doi]
  2. Catenaccio, C, Tragedy on the Comic Stage., The Classical World, vol. 111 no. 1 (2017), pp. 146-147
  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]