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M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
B.A., University of Maine

Carl Shaw teaches all levels of ancient Greek language and literature. His scholarly interests lie broadly in the areas of Greek literature and culture, with a particular focus on drama. He is the author of Satyric Play: The Evolution of Greek Comedy and Satyr Drama (Oxford University Press, 2014), and Euripides: Cyclops (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018). He was recently awarded both an NEH Summer Fellowship and the Loeb Classical Library Fellowship for his work on satyr drama, and he is currently writing articles on various elements of classical drama. Other research interests include performance studies, comedy and satire, ancient obscenity, and genre theory.

Recent Courses

Greek Monsters and Marvels
Advanced Greek: Euripides’ Cyclops and Homer’s Odyssey; Herodotus’ Histories; Homer’s Iliad;
Plato’s Symposium; Aristophanes’ Lysistrata; Lucian’s True Histories
Euripides and Aristophanes on the Greek Stage
Classical Mythology

Selected Publications


Satyric Play: The Evolution of Greek Comedy and Satyr Drama. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Euripides: Cyclops. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018.

Articles and Chapters in Books

“Σκορπίος or σκῶρ πέος?  A sexual joke in Archestratus’ Hedypatheia.” Classical Quarterly 59 (2009): 634-39.

“Middle Comedy and the ‘Satyric’ Style.” American Journal of Philology 131 (2010): 1-22.

“Euripides’ Cyclops,” Literary Encyclopedia. (2012).

“’Genitalia of the Sea’: Seafood and Sexuality in Greek Comedy,” Mnemosyne 67 (2014): 554-576.

Various articles (“Actors,” “Scenery,” “Archilochus,” “Athenion,” “Nicostratus I,” “Nicostratus II,” “Synesius,” “Theopompus,” “Chaerephilus,” and “Pheidippus,”) in The Encyclopedia of Greek Comedy, Alan Sommerstein, ed. Wiley-Blackwell: Chichester, West Sussex, UK. (2019).

“The Never-ending Chorus: Repetition and Innovation in Greek Satyr Drama,” in Ordia Prima 14 (2015-2017): 115-58.

“Euripidean Satyr Drama,” in Brill’s Companion to Euripides, A. Markantonatos, ed. Brill: Leiden. (2020): 465–491.

“Satyrs, Dolphins, Dithyramb and Drama,” in Reconstructing Satyr Drama, A. Antonopoulos, M. Christopoulos, G.W.M. Harrison, eds. DeGruyter: Berlin (2021): 669-694.

“Aeschylean Satyr Drama,” in A Companion to Aeschylus, Wiley-Blackwell, P. Burian and J. Bromberg, eds. Blackwell: Chichester, West Sussex, UK. (2022): 185-200.

“Images of Comedy,” in A Companion to Aristophanes, Wiley-Blackwell, M. C. Farmer and J. B. Lefkowitz, eds. Blackwell: Chichester, West Sussex, UK. (Forthcoming).

“Sexual Humour,” in Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek Humour, P. Destrée, R. Rosen and A. Zucker, eds. Cambridge, UK. (Forthcoming)

Book Reviews

Torrance, I. Euripides (London: I. B. Tauris, 2019), Journal of Hellenic Studies 140 (2020): 254-55.

Schertz, P. and N. Stribling (edd.). The Horse in Ancient Greek Art. (Middleburg: National Sporting and Library Museum, 2017), BMCR 2018.12.38 (http: //

Griffith, M. Greek Satyr Play: Five Studies. (Berkeley: California Classical Studies, 2015), Classical Journal-Online (2016): 2016.04.08.

Kotlinska-Toma, A. Hellenistic Tragedy: Texts, Translations and a Critical Survey. (London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015), New England Classical Journal 42 (2015): 280-82.

Akrigg, B. and R. Tordoff (edd.) Slaves and Slavery in Ancient Greek Comic Drama. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), Classical Review 64 (2014): 35-37.

Rusten, J. (ed.) The Birth of Comedy. Texts, Documents, and Art from Athenian Comic Competitions, 486–280. Translated by Jeffrey Henderson, David Konstan, Ralph Rosen, Jeffrey Rusten, and Niall W. Slater. (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011), Classical Review 62 (2012): 376-78.

Wilkins, J. and S. Hill Archestratus: Fragments from the Life of Luxury.  (Prospect Books, 2011; Revised edition), Gastronomica 12 (2012): 122-3.

Ewan, M. Aristophanes: Lysistrata, The Women’s Festival, and Frogs.  (University of Oklahoma Press, 2011), Classical Review 62 (2012)312-13.

Kozak (L.), Rich (J.) (edd.) Playing Around Aristophanes: Essays in Celebration of the Completion of the Edition of the Comedies of Aristophanes by Alan Sommerstein. (Oxford: Aris and Phillips, 2006), Classical Review 58 (2008): 23-24.

Harrison, G. W. M. Satyr Drama, Tragedy at Play. (Classical Press of Wales, 2005), BMCR 2007.12.34.  (