Joe Park Poe

Professor Emeritus




Columbia College, 1954-58.  A.B.

Cornell University, 1958-59.  A.M.

Columbia University, 1959-61.  Ph.D.  1966.


Over a long career my research interests have undergone several changes.  For the last twenty years I have concerned myself mainly with Greek tragic drama, but I have also written on Latin elegiac poetry, the Aeneid, Senecan tragedy,  Roman topography, and Aristophanes.  I offer courses in Greek drama, Senecan drama, Latin literature of the Golden Age, and the political and social history of the Roman Republic.


Books and longer monographs:

Livy, History of Rome (selections translated with Moses Hadas), New York (Modern Library) 1962.

Caesurae in the Hexameter Line of Latin Elegiac Verse = Hermes Einzelschriften 29, Wiesbaden 1974.

Heroism and Divine Justice in Sophocles' Philoctetes = Mnemosyne Supplement 34, Leiden 1974.

Genre and Meaning in Sophocles’ “Ajax” = Beiträge zur klassischen Philologie 172, Frankfurt 1987.

Representative articles :

“The Altar in the Fifth-Century  Theater,”  Classical Antiquity 8 (1989) 116-139.

Octavia Praetexta and its Senecan Model,” American Journal of Philology  110 (1989)434-59.

“Entrance-Announcements and Entrance-Speeches in Greek Tragedy,” Harvard  Studies in Classical Philology 94 (1992) 121-56.

“The Periaktoi and Actors’ Entrances,” Hermes. 121 (1993) 377–82.

“The Supposed Conventional Meanings of Dramatic Masks: A Re–examination of Pollux 4. 133–54,”  Philologus 140 (1996) 306–328.

“Multiplicity, Discontinuity, and Visual Meaning in Aristophanic Comedy,”Rheinisches Museum n.F. 143 (2000) 255–95.

“Unconventional Procedures in Rhesus,” Philologus 148 (2004) 21-33.

"The Cothurnus and Greek Tragedy," in Stephan Heilen et al. edd., In Pursuit of Wissenschaft: Festschrift für William M. Calder zum 75. Geburtstag (Hildesheim 2008) 341–50

“Description of Action in the Narratives of Euripidean and Sophoclean Drama,” Mnemosyne 62 (2009) 357–77.

Web publications:

Appendices for "Description of Action in the Narratives of Euripidean and Sophoclean Tragedy," Mnemosyne 62 (2009), 357-77.

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