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Victor Castellani

Victor CastellaniVictor Castellani
Professor of Classics
Sturm Hall, Room 327
Phone: 303-871-2022



  • PhD, Classics, Princeton University
  • BA, Greek and Latin, Fordham University


Associate Professor with Tenure (1981- ), Assistant Professor (1972-1981), and Instructor (1971-1972) of Classical Languages and Humanities, University of Denver.

Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (1981-1985 and 1989-1993), then the Department of Languages and Literatures (1993-1998 and 2007- ), University of Denver.

Victor Castellani has directed several undergraduate programs and course-teams, including classical studies and comparative literature, as well as "Civilizations Compared," "Making of the Modern Mind," "Revolutions" and "Forms of Civilization." He has published many articles and conference papers, and, in a dozen countries abroad, has presented extramural lectures on diverse topics, chiefly on Greek and Roman literature, but also on modern and contemporary drama.


  • Ancient Greek and Roman epic
  • Classical Greek and Roman drama as theater and in social and political context
  • Ancient Greek myth and religion and associated iconography
  • Ancient political philosophy
  • Dante
  • Ibsen
  • Operatic settings of ancient narrative literature
  • Recent and contemporary US drama


"That Troubled House of Pentheus in Euripides' Bacchae," Transactions of the American Philological Association 6 (1976), 61‑83.

"Notes on the Structure of Euripides' Alcestis," American Journal of Philology 100 (1980), 487‑496.

"Heliocentricity in the Structure of Dante's Paradiso," Studies in Philology 78 (1981), 211‑223.

"Plautus vs. Komoidia: Popular Farce at Rome," Themes in Drama 10 (1988), 53‑82.

"Anna and Juturna in the Aeneid," Vergilius 33 (1987), 49‑57.

"The Value of a Kindly Chorus: Female Choruses in Athenian Tragedy," Themes in Drama 11 (1989), 1‑18.

"Everything to Do with Dionysus: Urdrama, Euripidean Melodrama, and Tragedy," Themes in Drama 14 (1992), 1-16.

"Vergilius Vltor: Revenge and Pagan Morality in the Inferno," Lectura Dantis 9 (1991), 3-10.

"Captive Captor Freed: The National Theater of Ancient Rome," Drama: Beiträge zum antiken Drama und seiner Rezeption 3 (1995), 51-69.

"Athena and Friends: One Among the Greek Religions," in M. P. J. Dillon, ed., Religion in the Ancient World: New Themes and Approaches (Amsterdam: Hakkert 1996), pp. 51-78.

"Melpomene Polias: Athenian Tragedy and Politics in the Later Fifth Century," in T. W. Hillard, R. A. Kearsley, C. E. V. Nixon, and A. M. Nobbs, eds., Ancient History in a Modern University, Volume 1: The Ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome (Grand Rapids and Cambridge [UK]: Ancient History Documentary Centre, Macquarie University, and William B. Eerdmans: 1998), pp. 139-147.

"Ibsen and U.S. Theater in the 1990s," in Proceedings: IX International Ibsen Conference, Bergen 5-10 June 2000 (Øvre Ervik: Alvheim & Eide, 2001), 147-155.

"Plutarch's 'Roman' Women," in Erik Nils Ostenfeld, ed., Greek Romans and Roman Greeks: Studies in Cultural Interaction (Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2002), pp. 142-155.

"The Order of Argumentation in Parmenides Fragment B8, Lines 5 to 49," Zbornik (Journal of Classical Studies Matica Srpska) 4 (2002), 33-49.

"Athena Ergane and Parthenos, Polias and Soteira in Aristophanes' Lysistrata," Zbornik (Journal of Classical Studies Matica Srpska) 4-5 (2002-03):43-57.

"Little Ajax, Odysseus, and Divine 'Wraths'," Classical Bulletin 81.2 (2005), 107-130.

"Terentius Afer Comicus Romanus: The Half-Menander and His Last Laugh," in Zbornik (Journal of Classical Studies Matica Srpska) 9 (2008), 51-72.

"Supplication and Refuge in Euripides: Variations on a Theme," Zbornik (Journal of Classical Studies Matica Srpska) 14 (2012), 87-108.