Peter Burian is Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies and of Theater Studies at Duke University, where he taught for 44 years before retiring in 2015. He is the author of more than thirty journal articles, and has authored, edited, or co-edited numerous books, including The Greek Tragedy in New Translations, complete edition in nine volumes, co-edited with Alan Shapiro, published by Oxford University Press.
In addition to his scholarly research, Burian has held the position of chair of the Department of Classical Studies at Duke, chair of Duke’s Academic Council, and interim Dean of the Humanities. He also served as director of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, a study abroad program administered by Duke that draws students from more than 100 universities. He has been a powerful advocate for the value of humanities education and for interdisciplinary research and teaching.