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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. Since my arrival at Exeter in 1999 I have taught many different courses in Greek and Latin language and literature. I was also one of the academic team behind Exeter's 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.

My research centres mainly on the Greek and Roman theatre; I also have a strong interest in literary fragments, lost works, and ancient literary criticism and scholarship. I have published extensively on both tragedy and comedy (of all periods). At the moment most of my work centres on the so-called 'New Comedy' of Menander, Plautus and Terence.

My latest book, forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2024, is Euripides and Quotation Culture. Other recent publications include a critical study of Menander's Samia ('The Woman from Samos') in the new Bloomsbury Ancient Comedy Companions series, and 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 in 2019. If you want to learn more, you can hear me discussing my work on a recent episode of the Mirror of Antiquity podcast: to listen click here.

Other books include Selfhood and The Soul (an edited collection in honour of my colleague and friend 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 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.

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Greek and Roman comedy and tragedy (of all periods)

Fragmentary and lost literature (including aesthetic and conceptual aspects)

Ancient literary criticism and scholarship

Quotation culture

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  • Wright M. (2024) Euripides and Quotation Culture, Bloomsbury.
  • Wright M. (2024) Intertextuality, 'cf.' and fragmentary drama, Texts and Intertexts in Archaic and Classical Greece, Cambridge University Press.



  • Wright M. (2020) How long did the lost plays of Greek tragedy survive?, Fragmentation in Ancient Greek Drama, De Gruyter, 81-101.
  • Wright M. (2020) Making Medea Medea, Female Characters in Fragmentary Greek Tragedy, Cambridge University Press, 216-243.


  • Wright M. (2016) “Gnomic φεῦ”, Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies, volume 56.4, pages 585-593.
  • Wright M. (2016) Myth, A Companion to Euripides, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Wright M. (2016) A Lover's Discourse: Eros in Greek Tragedy, Selfhood and the Soul, Oxford University Press.
  • Wright M. (2016) The significance of numbers in Trojan Women, Wisdom and Folly in Euripides, De Gruyter, 193-205.
  • Wright M. (2016) Seventeen types of ambiguity in Euripides' Helen, Truth and History in the Ancient World: Pluralizing the Past, Routledge.
  • Arnson Svarlien D. (2016) Euripides: Ion, Helen, Orestes, Hackett.
  • Wright M, Seaford R, Wilkins J. (2016) Selfhood and the Soul, Oxford University Press.



  • Wright M. (2012) Sosia's ancestry and Plautus' predecessors, Latomus, volume 71.
  • Wright M. (2012) The Comedian as Critic: Greek Old Comedy and Poetics, Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Wright ME. (2012) The reception of Sophocles in antiquity, Brill's Companion to Sophocles, Brill, 581-599.
  • Wright ME. (2012) 'Comedy versus tragedy in Wasps', Greek Comedy and the Discourse of Genres, Cambridge University Press, 205-225.


  • Wright ME. (2011) 'Myth', The Blackwell Companion to Euripides, Blackwell.



  • Wright M. (2009) 'Literary prizes and literary criticism in antiquity', Classical Antiquity, volume 28, pages 138-177.
  • Wright M. (2009) Tragedy, Euripides and Euripideans. Selected Papers, Classical Review, volume 59, no. 2, pages 362-364, DOI:10.1017/S0009840X09000171.


  • Wright M. (2008) 'Enter a Phrygian (Euripides, Orestes 1369)', Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies, volume 48, pages 5-13.
  • Wright M. (2008) Euripides: Orestes, Duckworth.


  • Wright M. (2007) Comedy and the Trojan War, Classical Quarterly, volume 57, no. 2, pages 412-431, DOI:10.1017/S000983880700047X.




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