Professor Matthew Wright Inaugural Lecture

 Whatever happened to Greek tragedy?

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free - please book in advance

Purple Lecture Theatre, Newman Building - University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter EX4 4QD

22nd November 2017 at 5.30 pm

Running time: 1 hour

Purple Lecture Theatre
Newman  Building
University of Exeter
Stocker Road

You are cordially invited to the inaugural lecture of Professor Matthew Wright, Professor of Greek in the University of Exeter's Department of Classics and Ancient History.

Greek tragedy is one of the most popular and best known genres of ancient literature. But it is not as well known as we like to think, for today all that remains of tragedy is a mere thirty-two plays, a tiny fraction of what once existed. In this lecture, Professor Wright investigates what happened to all the other plays, and imagines a counterfactual scenario in which a completely different selection of tragedies happened to survive.

Professor Wright is a classical scholar, literary critic and teacher with wide interests in ancient and modern literature. He has been a member of the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Exeter since leaving Oxford in 1999, and has taught many different courses in Greek and Latin language and literature.  He is Director of Education in the Department.

His special research interests lie in Greek and Roman drama, ancient literary criticism, fragmentary and lost works, and the idea of 'quotation culture' in the ancient world (that is, the ways in which literature was quoted, deployed or manipulated in a variety of different contexts).


The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in Newman Building foyer from 6.30 to 8pm

This free event is open to all, but advance booking is essential. To book your place, please email: or telephone 01392 722199.