Professor Oliver Taplin

Academic Background

Tutorial Fellow, Magdalen College 1973-2008

Research Interests
  • Performance of poetry and drama in ancient and modern times
  • The aesthetics and ethics of tragedy
  • Interaction of poetry and the visual arts
  • Translation practice, adaptation

Select bibliography 2017-2018


Selected publications:

The Stagecraft of Aeschylus (Oxford 1977).

Greek Tragedy in Action, London and Berkeley 1978 (revised edition 1985); 

An Odyssey round Odysseus (with B. Rubens) (BBC 1989).

Greek Fire (London 1990) 

Homeric Soundings.  The Shaping of the Iliad (Oxford 1992).

Comic Angels – and other approaches to Greek drama through vase-painting (Oxford 1993).

Pots and Plays.  Interactions between Tragedy and Greek Vase-painting of the Fourth Century BC (Los Angeles, 2007)