February 3, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Donald J. Mastronarde ’69, the Melpomene Distinguished Professor of Classical Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on “Some Aspects of Rhetoric and Character in Euripides” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. His talk and the reception to follow are sponsored by the Classics Department at Amherst College, and are free and open to the public.

Mastronarde graduated summa cum laude in 1969 from Amherst College, with a B.A. in classics. He attended Oxford University and received his Ph.D. in classics from the University of Toronto. He has taught at UC Berkeley since 1973 and was appointed Melpomene Distinguished Professor in 2001. He directs the Center for the Tebtunis Papyri at Berkeley and took over support of the GreekKeys font and input program for the American Philological Association in 2001, further developing the product through the transition to the standard font encoding known as Unicode. Mastronarde 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.

Mastronarde is the author of the widely-used textbook Introduction to Attic Greek (1993) and an associated Website. He is also the editor of the Cambridge Medea (2002) and Phoenissae (2004) of Euripides.