Stephen Esposito

Associate Professor of Classical Studies; Director of Undergraduate Studies; Coordinator of First Semester Core Curriculum (CC101)

Curriculum Vitae


I love teaching Greek at all levels. My research has focused on Greek tragedy. I enjoy writing translations and commentaries on the plays, esp. those of Sophocles. Recently I founded the Oxford Greek and Latin College Commentary series (Oxford) and spend much of my ‘free’ time editing the work of the OGLCC contributors and writing my own commentaries.

Research Interests

Homer, Greek Tragedy, Thucydides, Herodotus, New Testament, Indo-European; also translation and the writing of Greek commentaries.

Books In Progress

Sophocles’ Trachiniae: A Commentary on the Ancient Greek Text (This will be the flagship volume of the new Oxford Greek and Latin College Commentaries Series, of which I am the founding editor; Oxford University Press, 2014).

Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannos: A Commentary on the Ancient Greek Text (Oxford Greek and Latin College Commentaries Series, OUP, 2014).

Sophocles’ Trachiniae: Translation, Interpretative Essays, and Notes (Focus Publishing, 2014).

Sophocles’ Ajax: A Commentary on the Ancient Greek Text (Oxford Greek and Latin College Commentaries Series; OUP, 2014 or 2015)


Odysseus at Troy: Ajax, Hecuba, and Trojan Women ed. Stephen Esposito (Focus Publishing, 2010) 280 pp. (Esposito translated Sophocles’ Ajax, Diskin Clay translated Euripides’ Trojan Women, and Robin Mitchell-Boyask translated Euripides’ Hecuba).

Four Plays by Euripides: Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles and Bacchae ed. S. Esposito (Focus Publishing, 2002) 303 pp. (Esposito translated The Bacchae, A. J. Podlecki did Medea, and Michael Halleran did Heracles and Hippolytus).

Euripides’ Bacchae: Translation, Interpretative Essay, and Notes (Focus Publishing, 1998) 126 pp.


I’ve taught many courses in Greek at all levels (Homer, Lyric Poetry, Tragedy, Thucydides, Herodotus, Plato, and the New Testament); and many translation courses on the same. Also I’ve been teaching in the Core Curriculum since its inception 25 years ago and given lectures on Homer and Greek Drama for many of those years. And for many of the last 10 years I have been a guest lecturer on Greek Tragedy in Prof. Elie Wiesel’s seminars.