Eric Dugdale


Professor in Classics

Eric Dugdale loves the rich variety of projects into which classics lures him. He has got down and dirty on archaeological projects in Sicily (KALAT) and the South of Italy (Univ. of Texas), he has worked on projects mapping the ancient world (InterActive Ancient Mediterranean and Barrington Atlas), he has done editorial work writing abstracts for classical articles (L'Année Philologique), he has acted in and directed plays, and he has even launched an interactive digital database (Pandora Project). Perhaps his favorite activity of all, though, is traveling the Mediterranean studying the ancient world in situ. He has taught at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome and led travel courses to Italy and the Gustavus Semester in India Program.

Eric has had two books published: a translation and commentary on Sophocles' Electra for the Cambridge Translations from Greek Drama series and Greek Theatre in Context (also with Cambridge University Press, supported by a Macgeorge Honorary Fellowship). He is co-editing with James Morwood a new series for CUP, Greece and Rome: Texts and Contexts. The series provides students with direct access to the ancient world by offering new translations of primary sources, set in their historical, social and cultural contexts. He particularly enjoys teaching the Theatre of Greece and Rome course (CLA 103), which culminates in the Festival of Dionysus in the Arboretum.

Eric is currently writing a book on prophecy in the plays of Sophocles (under contract with Bloomsbury). During his sabbatical, he spent the fall semester as Visiting Research Scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, working on a study of the role of empathy in Greek tragedy in performance at the Archives of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, with the support of a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship. His most recent publications include a co-authored article on Aeschylus' Eumenides  (Dugdale and Gerstbauer, "Forms of Justice in Aeschylus' Eumenides, Polis 32, 226-250), an article on on Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus ("Who named me? Identity and Status in Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus," AJP 136.3, 421-45), an article on Sophocles' Electra ("Of This and That: The Recognition Forumla in Sophocles' ElectraTAPA 147.1, 27-52), and a book chapter on the reception of Sophocles' Philoctetes in literature, art, music, dance, film and theatre (in Brill's Companion to the Reception of Sophocles, eds. Lauriola/Demetriou, Brill 2017); this chapter included contributions from four Gustavus students (Nicholas Beck, Teriq Canales, Caitlin Juvland, and Ellen Stoll). He serves as Director of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity, and is excited at the opportunities that Gustavus affords students to engage in research and creative projects.

Eric and a number of his students are participating in the Homer Multitext Project. They can be found in Old Main every week working on the text and scholia of Iliad Book 13 of the Venetus A, the oldest extant manuscript of the Iliad. Read Laurel Boman's co-authored article in the Homer Multitext Blog. Laurel Boman and Karl Grant presented the project at the Minnesota State Capitol and seven students have participated in the HMT summer seminar at Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies. He feels blessed to teach such intellectually curious students at a college at which the study of classics is valued.

Eric has also participated in Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives, a nationwide initiative spearheaded by Peter Meineck of the New-York based Aquila Theatre Company. Find out more about this exciting venture in this Wall Street Journal article by Judith Dobrzynki.

Eric's professional responsibilities include serving on the Education Committee of the Society for Classical Studies, on the Program Committee of CAMWS, and on the executive committee of the Classical Association of Minnesota. He enjoys attending events on and off campus organized by Eta Sigma Phi, the Classics Honors Society. 

Eric and his wife Brooke enjoy spending time with their children, gardening, participating in the life of their church, and walking their dog. 

Select recent scholarship:

Brook, Adriana, Dugdale, Eric, and Gruber-Miller, John, Careers for Classicists: Undergraduate Edition, Society for Classical Studies, online version (03.09.20) and print version

Dugdale, Eric and Gerstbauer, Loramy (2018), “Forms of Justice in Aeschylus’ Eumenides,” Polis 32, 226-250

Dugdale, Eric (2017) “Philoctetes” in Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Sophocles, eds. Rosanna Lauriola and Kyriakos Demetriou, Leiden: Brill, 77-145

Dugdale, Eric (2017) Of This and That: The Recognition Formula in Sophocles’ Electra,” TAPA 147.1, 27-52

Dugdale, Eric and Riihiluoma, William (2016) review of production of Mary Zimmerman’s Argonautika (directed by Henry MacCarthy), Didaskalia 13.1

 Dugdale, Eric (2015) Coincidence in Menander’s Dyskolos,” Illinois Classical Studies 40.2, 321-46

 Dugdale, Eric (2015) Who named me? Identity and Status in Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus,” American Journal of Philology 136.3, 421-45

 Dugdale, Eric (2015) Hecuba” in Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Euripides, eds. Rosanna Lauriola and Kyriakos Demetriou, Leiden: Brill, 100-142


B.A. Corpus Christi College, Oxford; Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CUR-100 Historical Perspective I 17 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2008/FA, 2005/FA, 2002/FA, and 2001/FA
LAT-102 Beg. Latin II 12 2018/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2009/SP, and 2007/SP
CLA-398 Honors Thesis 10 2018/FA, 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, and 2006/SP
CLA-399 Classics Capstone 6 2018/SP, 2013/SP, 2006/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/SP
CLA-103 Theatre of Greece and Rome 4 2014/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, and 2006/SP
LAT-101 Latin I 4 2009/FA and 2006/FA
GRE-100 Immersion Greek I 3 2015/JN, 2012/JN, and 2007/JN
GRE-302 Greek Drama 3 2011/SP, 2006/FA, and 2006/SP
GRE-101 Exploring Greek 2 2022/JN and 2005/FA
GRE-303 Homer 2 2013/FA and 2012/FA
GRE-102 Greek II 2 2011/SP and 2010/SP
CLA-111 Myth and Meaning 2 2004/SP
LAT-111 Latin I 2 2003/FA
FTS-100 FTS:Democracy Then/Now 1 2017/FA
IDS-247 Liberation Movements 1 2011/FA
IDS-245 India Religion, Culture, and Society 1 2011/FA
IDS-243 Environment, Ecology, and Livelihood 1 2011/FA
IDS-246 Global Development 1 2011/FA
LAT-201 Reading Latin Literature 1 2010/FA
CUR-399 Senior Seminar 1 2009/SP
NDL-219 Introduction to German History 1 2007/FA
GER-102 Immersion German I and II 1 2007/FA
NDL-218 Lutheran Theology 1 2007/FA
NDL-220 Art and Culture in Germany 1 2007/FA
LAT-202 Vergil's Aeneid 1 2007/SP
LAT-374 Roman Drama 1 2004/SP
CLA-268 Career Exploration 1 2004/JN
CLA-104 Ancient Theatre and Masks 1 2004/JN
LAT-231 Reading Latin Literature 1 2003/FA
LAT-375 Latin Prose Composition 1 2003/SP
LAT-104 Medical Terminology 1 2003/SP
LAT-232 Vergil's Aeneid 1 2003/SP
GRE-372 Greek Tragedy 1 2003/SP
LAT-371 Livy: Foundation of the Roman Republic 1 2002/FA
GRE-373 Homer 1 2002/SP
GRE-112 Greek II 1 2002/SP
CLA-134 Theatre of Greece and Rome 1 2002/SP
GRE-111 Greek I 1 2001/FA
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.