Eric Dugdale


Professor and Chair 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 are an article 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 book chapter on the reception of Sophocles' Hecuba in literature, art, music, dance, film and theatre (in Brill's Companion to the Reception of Philoctetes, 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 numbe 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 six 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 is also participating 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 or watch the National Herald interview with Meineck.

Eric's professional responsibilities include serving on the Education Committee of the American Philological Association, 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 toddler and baby, gardening, participating in the life of their church, and walking their dog.


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

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Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CUR-100Historical Perspective I172016/FA, 2015/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, 2008/FA, 2005/FA, 2002/FA, and 2001/FA
LAT-102Beg. Latin II122018/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2009/SP, and 2007/SP
CLA-398Honors Thesis92018/SP, 2017/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, and 2006/SP
CLA-399Classics Capstone62018/SP, 2013/SP, 2006/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/SP
CLA-103Theatre of Greece and Rome42014/SP, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, and 2006/SP
LAT-101Latin I42009/FA and 2006/FA
GRE-100Immersion Greek I32015/JN, 2012/JN, and 2007/JN
GRE-302Greek Drama32011/SP, 2006/FA, and 2006/SP
GRE-303Homer22013/FA and 2012/FA
GRE-102Greek II22011/SP and 2010/SP
CLA-111Myth and Meaning22004/SP
LAT-111Latin I22003/FA
FTS-100FTS:Democracy Then/Now12017/FA
IDS-243Environment, Ecology, and Livelihood12011/FA
IDS-245India Religion, Culture, and Society12011/FA
IDS-247Liberation Movements12011/FA
IDS-246Global Development12011/FA
LAT-201Reading Latin Literature12010/FA
CUR-399Senior Seminar12009/SP
NDL-218Lutheran Theology12007/FA
GER-102Immersion German I and II12007/FA
NDL-219Introduction to German History12007/FA
NDL-220Art and Culture in Germany12007/FA
LAT-202Vergil's Aeneid12007/SP
GRE-101Greek I12005/FA
LAT-374Roman Drama12004/SP
CLA-268Career Exploration12004/JN
CLA-104Ancient Theatre and Masks12004/JN
LAT-231Reading Latin Literature12003/FA
LAT-375Latin Prose Composition12003/SP
LAT-104Medical Terminology12003/SP
LAT-232Vergil's Aeneid12003/SP
GRE-372Greek Tragedy12003/SP
LAT-371Livy: Foundation of the Roman Republic12002/FA
GRE-112Greek II12002/SP
CLA-134Theatre of Greece and Rome12002/SP
GRE-111Greek I12001/FA

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.