Donald J. Mastronarde

Professor of the Graduate School, Emeritus Melpomene Distinguished Professor of Classical Languages and Literature
B.A. 1969 Amherst College
B.A. 1971 Oxford University
Ph.D. 1974 University of Toronto
Research Interests: 
Greek Drama, Greek Literature, Greek textual transmission and scholia
(510) 642-4099; fax: (510) 643-2959
djmastronarde [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Office / Location: 
7219 Dwinelle Hall
Office Hours: 
Fall 2016: M 11a-12, W 10:30a-11:30a

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. As of Jan. 1, 2016, I have retired from regular service, but will continue for some years as Professor of the Graduate School, working with graduate students and teaching one course per year.

Please see my home page for more links.

Select 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)


Link to Full CV: mastronardeCVweb.html