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George Harrison

Contract Instructor

Degrees:BA (Marquette University) MA (University of Wisconsin) PhD (Johns Hopkins University)


Excavator in Greece (Paros — Paroikia; Crete – Knossos, Phalasarna, Pseira, Vrokastro) and Turkey (Cilicia — Misis)

Books, articles, and public lectures on Seneca and Plutarch; reception of Greek Tragedy

Creative Writing:

  • Scripts for modern performance of ancient plays; Cerrd Dafod + poems in Journals
  • Visiting Fellow at the University of Crete (Rethymnon)

Research Interests

  • Performance of Greek and Roman tragedy in the Roman Empire
  • Martial’s books on dining and Gifts
  • Economy and society of Crete and Egypt during the Roman Empire
  • Plutarch’s Moralia

2023/2024 Courses

  • CLCV 2305    Ancient Science and Technology. (W/F; SSI/SSII)



  • Reconstruting Satyr Drama, co-editor with Andreas P. Antonopoulos and Menelaos Christopoulos.  Berlin:  De Gruyter, 2021, 891 pp.; reviewed in Greece and Rome 69.2 (2022) 307-308; BMCR 2023.02.28.
  • Brill Companion to Roman Tragedy.  Leiden: Brill, 2015. 472 pp. Classical Journal on-line 2016-08-06; BMCR 2016.11.25.
  • Performance in Greek and Roman Theatre, co-editor with Vayos Liapis.  Leiden: Brill, 2013, 588 pp. BMCR 2013.11.27; Ancient History Bulletin 4 (2014) 15 – 20; Classical World 108.1 (2014) 137-138.
  • Life and Death in Ancient Egypt:  The Diniacopoulos Collection; co-editor with Jane Francis. Concordia University, 2011.
  • Octavia, Doomed Wife of Nero; performance script.  Richler Resources 2009. Quoted in London Review of Books 26 Feb 2009.
  • Satyr Drama: Tragedy at Play, ed. Swansea: Classical Press of Wales 2005, 295 pp. BMCR 2007.12.34, Classical Review 57 (2007) 293 – 95.
  • Seneca in Performance, ed. Swansea: Classical Press of Wales 2000, 231 pp.; reviewed in BMCR 01.02.26, Classical Review 51 (2001) 258 – 59, Journal of Roman Studies 92 (2002) 251 – 52, Scholia 10 (2001) 130 – 32, Greece and Rome 48 (2001) 95 – 97. Paperback re-issue, 2023.
  • Philosophical and Historical Studies on Plutarch, ed. Chicago, Ares 1994 = Ancient World 25. Ploutarkhos 13 [1996] 14–15.
  • The Romans and Crete (Amsterdam, Hakkert 1994); 469 pp., 70 illustrations, 69 inscriptions. Journal of Roman Studies 85 (1995) 305 – 306.
  • Studies in Chinese and Western Classical Civilizations:  Essays in Honour of Professor Lin Zhichun on his 90th Birthday, co-ed.  Changchun, Jilin People’s Publishing House, 1999, 441 pp.; editor for English, French, and German contributions.

Recent Articles

  • “Lowering the Curtain:  (Modest) Satyrs on Stage in the Roman Empire”, in Reconstruting Satyr Drama, Andreas P. Antonopoulos, Menelaos Christopoulos and George W.M. Harrison, edd.  (Berlin:  De Gruyter, 2022) 765-96 .
  • “Myth and Levels of Language in the Octavia”, in Mythical History and Historical Myth: Blurred Boundaries in Antiquity, Athina Papachrysostomou, Menelaos Christopoulos, and Andreas Antonopoulos, edd.  (Berlin:  De Gruyter, 2022), 387-406.
  • “Things you need to know about Roman Crete (for your own research)”, in Proceedings of Bonn Archaeological Congress (Bonn, 2022), 36-53.
  • “Illness and Disease in Roman Crete”, in I. Gavrilakis, ed., Proceedings of the Twelfth Cretological Congress (Herakleion:  Etairia Kretikon Istorikon Meleton); 2018; On-line.
  • “Aeschylus in Rome”, in Brill Companion to the Reception of Aeschylus, R.F. Kennedy, ed., (Brill:  Leiden, 2017) 129-78.
  • “Theatres, plays and the ‘3rd century crisis’”, in New Perspectives on Roman Crete, J. Francis and A, Kouremenos, eds. (Oxford:  Oxbow, 2016) 185 – 193.
  • “Seneca on the Fall of Troy”, G.W.M. Harrison, ed., (Brill:  Leiden:  2015) 118-50.
  • “A Silver Dedication from Phalasarna”, in I. Gavrilakis, ed., Proceedings of the Eleventh Cretological Congress (Chania:  Etairia Kretikon Istorikon Meleton) 2014, 757 -63; with Kristen Toohy.
  • Entries on “Cannibalism” (197 – 98), “Euripides Cyclops” (370 – 75), “Gifts” (582),“Legacy of Greek Tragedy” (767 – 70), “Obedience” (905 – 906), “Satyr Drama” 1195 – 99), “Stigma” (1362 – 63) and “Thespis” (1394 – 95) in Blackwell Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy; ed. H. Roisman, 2013.
  • “Characters [in Seneca’s Plays]”, chapter III.3.5 in Brill’s Companion to Seneca, G. Damschen and A. Heil, eds. (Leiden: Brill, 2015) 589-609.
  • “Themes [in Seneca’s Plays]”, chapter III.3.6 in Brill’s Companion to Seneca, G. Damschen and A. Heil, eds. (Leiden: Brill, 2015) 611-34.
  • “Making Sense of Ancient Performance”, in G.W.M. Harrison and V. Liapis, eds. Performance in Greek and Roman Art.  (Leiden, Brill, 2013, 1 – 44) co-authored with V. Liapis and C. Panayotakis.
  • “Pliny and Cretan Coastal Installations”, in K. Psikhoyos, ed., Proceedings of the Tenth Cretological Congress (Heraklion: Etairia Kretikon Istorikon Meleton 2011) 31-48.

Forthcoming/in Preparation

  • Ps-Seneca, Hercules on Oeta.  London:  Bloomsbury, forthcoming. Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Hercules, editor.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • “Reconstructing Plutarch’s Life of Herakles”, in G.W.M. Harrison (ed.) Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Hercules.  Oxford:  Wiley-Blackwell, accepted for publication
  • “Romanisation of Greek Drama:  Republic”, in Looking at Greek Drama, D. Stuttard, ed. (London:  Bloomsbury), in press.
  • “Herakles and Busiris”, in Gera: Studies in Honour of Menelaos Christopoulos (Patras 2023), Athina Papachrysostonou and Marion Meyer, eds. (Cambridge, Mass:  Harvard University Press, in press.
  • “Rome’s Embrace of Hercules”, in Unveiling the hidden face of antiquity: Mysteries and Cryptic cults (Patras, 2022), Athina Papachrysostomou, ed. (Tübingen:  Phoibos Verlag), in press.
  • “Double Chorus”, in Proceedings of the ARC Network Conference (Prague, 2019), Alena Sarkissian, ed. (Berlin:  De Gruyter), forthcoming.
  • “Romanisation of Greek Drama:  Tragedy”, Logeion 12 (2023), forthcoming.
  • “Six Continuities/Discontinuities of Roman Crete”, in J. Francis and M. Curits (eds.), New Approaches and Perspectives in the Study of Hellenistic, Roman and Early Byzantine Crete.  Oxford:  Oxbow, in revisions
  • “Provisioning of Imperial Capitals and Ports:  Who Fed Gortyn?”, TRAC/RAC London. April 2024.

2023/2024 Courses

  • CLCV 2305    Ancient Science and Technology. (W/F; SSI/SSII)


Awards for Teaching at Carleton and NorthEast Normal University; advisor of student organizations that won awards.