Donald J. Mastronarde
Melpomene Distinguished Professor of Classical Languages and Literature

Greek Drama, Greek Literature, Greek textual transmission and scholia
B.A. 1969 Amherst College, B.A. 1971 Oxford University, Ph.D. 1974 University of Toronto

Groups: Center for the Tebtunis Papyri Aleshire Center for the Study of Greek Epigraphy

Contact information

Office: 7219 Dwinelle Hall
Office phone: (510) 642-4099
Fax: (510) 643-2959

Office hours: Fall 2013: MF 11-12 pm

Web site:

Mailing address:
7233 Dwinelle Hall #2520
Berkeley, CA 94720-2520

Selected publications

The Art of Euripides. Dramatic Technique and Social Context (Cambridge 2010)

Euripides. Medea (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics 2002)

Euripides. Phoenissae (Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries 1994)

Euripides. Phoenissae (Teubner edition 1988)

Introduction to Attic Greek (California 1993; second edition 2013)

The Textual Tradition of Euripides' Phoinissai (with J. M. Bremer) (1982)

Contact and Discontinuity: some conventions of speech and action on the Greek tragic stage (1979)

Personal statement

I have taught at UC Berkeley since 1973 and served as Chair of the Department of Classics from 1993 to 2000. I was founding Director of the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri (2001-2011). I have published extensively on the ancient Athenian tragedian Euripides and various aspects of ancient drama, including interpretation, staging and dramatic technique, textual studies, and commentaries. My current project, a digital edition of the scholia on Euripides (, combines my interests in digital technologies, in the digital future of scholarship, and in textual tradition and editing. I am currently the PI for a Mellon Grant supporting the startup phase of an open-access publication project, California Classical Studies.

Please see my home page for more links.

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