Donald J. Mastronarde, Melpomene Professor of Classics Emeritus

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California Classical Studies

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Preliminary Studies on the Scholia to Euripides (2017); an open-access publication

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Center for the Tebtunis Papyri

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Stiblinus’ Prefaces and Argumenta to Euripides

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The Art of Euripides: Dramatic Technique and Social Context (2010), paperback (2015)

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Euripides, Medea (2002)

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University of California
Department of Classics
7233 Dwinelle Hall #2520
Berkeley CA 94720-2520

Tel. 510-642-4099, FAX 510-643-2959

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Professor Mastronarde grew up in Connecticut and was educated at Amherst College, Oxford University, and the University of Toronto. He has taught at UC Berkeley since 1973 and served as Chair of the Department of Classics from 1993 to 2000. He was appointed Melpomene Professor of Classics in 2001. He was founding Director of the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri and served in that role from 2001 to 2011. He is the author of a widely used textbook for elementary ancient Greek and an associated web site. He took over support of the GreekKeys font and input program for the American Philological Association in 2001 and developed the product for Unicode compatibility and cross-platform use. In a more traditional vein of scholarship, he has published extensively on the ancient Athenian tragedian Euripides and various aspects of ancient drama, including interpretation, staging and dramatic technique, textual studies, and commentaries, and his latest book in that area is The Art of Euripides (Cambridge University Press 2010). His current project, a digital edition of the scholia on Euripides, combines his interests in digital technologies, in the digital future of scholarship, and in textual tradition and editing. His latest book, the open-access publication Preliminary Studies on the Scholia to Euripides (2017), is an outgrowth of that project.

The undergraduate courses he has taught most often include Intensive Elementary Greek (Greek 10), Greek Tragedy (Classics 35), Introduction to Greek Civilization (Classics 10A), Greek Drama and Society (Greek 102), and Classics 24 (Freshman Seminar, on various topics). At the graduate level he has taught the proseminar (Classics 200), survey course (Classics 201A or 201B), Advanced Greek Prose Composition (Classics 250), and seminars in Euripides, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Aristotle’s Poetics, Greek Elegiac and Iambic Poetry, and Greek scholia.

For more information see CV and bibliography.

Class web materials and other links:

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Introduction to Attic Greek, 2nd ed., University of California Press 2013
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web-based materials for elementary Greek
(or previous version for 1st edition)

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Euripides Scholia
online open-access edition (Release 1, May 2020)

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Greek Script on Campus

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GreekKeys support site

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Euripides, Phoenissae (1994), now in paperback

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Contact and Discontinuity 1979; open-access digital edition 2008

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The Textual Tradition of Euripides’ Phoinissai 1982