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Professor Matthew Wright

Professor of Greek


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I am a classical scholar, literary critic and teacher with wide interests in ancient and modern literature. I have been a member of the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Exeter since 1999, and I have taught many different courses in Greek and Latin language and literature. I am also one of the academic team behind Exeter's new Liberal Arts degree programme. For a year I taught at Vassar College, NY, an experience which opened my eyes to the intellectual and personal values associated with a liberal arts education.

During 2020-1 my modules include Greek and Roman Narrative, Greek IV, Ancient Literary Criticism, and Lost Works and Fragments; I am also Admissions Tutor.

My special research interests lie in Greek and Roman drama, ancient literary criticism, and fragmentary and lost works of ancient literature. At the moment I am working mainly on Greek comedy of the fourth century and later, and my most recent book is a critical study of Menander's Samia ('The Woman from Samos'), which has just appeared in the new Bloomsbury Ancient Comedy Companions series.

My other principal publications include a major two-volume study of The Lost Plays of Greek Tragedy. Volume 1 (Neglected Authors) was published in 2016, and Volume 2 (Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides) appeared at the end of 2018. If you want to learn more about this project, you can hear me discussing my work on a recent episode of the Mirror of Antiquity podcast: to listen click here.

Other recently published books include Selfhood and The Soul (an edited collection in honour of my colleague Chris Gill), a new translation of Euripides' Ion, Helen and Orestes by Diane Arnson Svarlien, to which I contributed the introduction and notes. I am also the author of The Comedian as Critic (2012), Euripides: Orestes (2008), Euripides' Escape-Tragedies (2005), and numerous articles and reviews.

I am an active member of the Classical Association at local and national levels (I am Secretary of the South-West branch) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. At various times I have also been one of the editors of JHS, a committee member of the Council for UK Classics Departments (CUCD), a Council Member of the Hellenic Society, and a member of the editorial team of Omnibus.

Research interests

Greek and Roman comedy and tragedy

Fragmentary and lost literature

Ancient literary criticism

Quotation culture