James C. Barrett

Associate Professor of Classics

Office: Lovejoy 209 [ campus map ]
Box 5293

Phone: 207-859-5293
Fax: 207-859-4705
Mailing Address:
5293 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8852


Ph.D. Cornell University
B.A. U.C. Santa Cruz

Areas of Expertise

  • Greek and Latin Philology
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Presocratic Philosophy
  • Anthropology of Ancient Greece

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
GK111J AIntroductory Greek
GK112 AIntermediate Greek
GK131 AIntroduction to Greek Literature
GK363 AEuripides
LT111 AIntroductory Latin
LT112 AIntermediate Latin

Current Research

Antisthenes and Tragedy
The Body in Greek Philosophical Discourse
Brecht and Euripides


● James Barrett is the author of Staged Narrative: Poetics and the Messenger in Greek Tragedy (California, 2002).
  This study traces the literary ancestry of the tragic messenger, showing that the messenger's narrative constitutes an unexplored site of engagement with Homeric epic, and that the role illuminates fifth-century BCE experimentation with modes of speech. Breaking new ground in the study of Athenian tragedy, this book deepens our understanding of many central texts and of a form of theater that highlights the fragility and limits of human knowledge, a theme explored by its use of the messenger.

● He is also the author numerous articles and book chapters on Greek tragedy, Greek philosophy, and narrative.


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