Peter Meineck
Professor of Classics in the Modern World
Education: PhD Classics, The University of Nottingham: BA (Hons) Ancient World Studies, University College London

Office Address: New York University, Department of Classics, 100 Washington Square East, Room 503, New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 998-7573
Fax: (212) 995-4209

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Peter Meineck was born in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England and grew up in South London. He studied at University College London (BA Hons Ancient world Studies) and the University of Nottingham (PhD Classics), where he was fortunate enough to be taught by Pat Easterling and Alan Sommerstein. He has pursued parallel  careers in both professional theatre and classics and has worked extensively in London and New York Theatre as a technician, production manager, designer, producer and director. In 1991 he founded Aquila Theatre and was its artistic director until 2011. He now serves on the board of Aquila. He has produced and/or directed 58 shows, written, translated or adapted 23, and designed lighting for 45 in New York, London, Holland, Germany, Greece, Scotland, Canada, Bermuda, and the United States in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the ancient Stadium at Delphi, Lincoln Center, and the White House. He also created Aquila’s education program at Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem and Aquila’s national theatre education programs. He has also held appointments at Princeton University and USC and is Honorary Professor of Classics at the University of Nottingham.

Peter Meineck has published several volumes of translations of Greek comedy and tragedy with Hackett and his translation of Aeschylus' Oresteia was awarded the 2001/2 Louis Galantiere Award by the American Translators Association. He received the 2009 NYU Golden Dozen Teaching Award, a 2009 Humanities Initiative Team Teaching Award, the American Philological Association Outreach Prize and a 2010 National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman's Special Award. He is also a volunteer Fire Fighter an with Bedford FD in New York, an Emergency Medical Technician in Katonah, NY and the proud father of Sofia Estrella and Marina Hippolyta.

Peter Meineck teaches ancient drama, ancient theatre production, classical literature and mythology, ancient war and society, global literature, theatre history, cognitive theory as applied to ancient studies and drama, dramaturgy, directing, arts administration, and applied theatre.



 CTAG.jpg ed. with D. Konstan, Combat Trauma and the Ancient Greeks (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

SP.jpg  Sophocles’ Philoctetes with intro by P. Woodruff (Hackett Publishing, 2014).

AWTEP.jpg  Sophocles’ Four Tragedies – Ajax, Electra, Trachiniae, Philoctetes. With Paul Woodruff. (Hackett Publishing, 2007).

STP.png  Sophocles: Theban Plays. with P. Woodruff. (Hackett Publishing, 2003).

CWB.jpg  Aristophanes Volume 1. Clouds, Wasps, Birds with intro by Ian C. Storey. (Hackett Publishing 1998).

AO.jpg Aeschylus’ Oresteia with intro by Helene Foley, (Hackett Publishing 1998).

Recent Articles

“The Thorniest Problem and the Greatest Opportunity: Directors on Directing the Greek Chorus," Chapter in Renauld Gagné, Marianne Hopman, eds., Choral Mediations in Greek Tragedy (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

“Under Athena’s Gaze: The topography of opsis in Aeschylus’ Eumenides,” in George W.M. Harrison & Vayos Liapis, eds., Performance in Greek and Roman Drama (Brill, 2013).
"A great ox is standing on my tongue," in Caridad Svich, ed., Out of Silence: Censorship in American Theater,(Eye Corner Press, 2012).

"Combat Trauma and the Tragic Stage: “Restoration” by Cultural Catharsis," in Intertexts, Vol. 1 (2012).

"The Embodied Space: Performance and Visual Cognition at the Fifth Century Athenian Theatre," in The New England Classical Journal, Vol. 39 (2012), pp. 1-47.

“The Neuroscience of the Tragic Mask,” in Arion: A Journal of Humanities and the Classics Vol. 19.1 (Spring/Summer 2011), 113-158.

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