Guido Avezzù

GUIDO AVEZZÙ, Professor of Greek language and literature at the University of Verona until 2018, is currently co-editor of Skenè. Journal of Theatre and Drama Studies and co-leader of research projects on the penetration of classical writings and drama in early modern England. He has worked extensively on Athenian oratory (Lysias and Alcidamas), Greek theatre, and the reception of Greek drama and myths in modern culture, on which he edited a selection of rewrites of the Electra and Oedipus myths (2002, 2008). He has recently contributed to Shakespeare source studies with an essay on classical tragic paradigms in Romeo and Juliet (in Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, and Civic Life. The Boundaries of Civic Space, ed. by Silvia Bigliazzi and Lisanna Calvi, 2016) and on his reception in contemporary Italy with an essay on Julius Caesar and the Italian ‘Caesar plays’ up to World War II (in Shakespeare and Crisis. One Hundred Years of Italian Narratives, ed. by Silvia Bigliazzi, 2020). His publications include critical editions of Sophocles’ Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus (2003, 2008), as well as monographs on the relation between myth and tragedy (Il mito sulla scena. La tragedia ad Atene, 2003) and on the staging of the story of Philoctetes (Il ferimento e il rito, 1988). His recent work includes essays on Sophocles (in Brill’s Companion to Sophocles, edited by Andreas Markantonatos, 2012), on Aeschylus (“Reticence and Phobos in Aeschylus’s Agamemnon” in Comparative Drama, 2018), and on Euripides: “The Servant/Messenger’s Tale in Euripides’ Electra”; “Collaborating with Euripides”; and “The (Frustrated?) Regality of Electra” in Skenè (respectively 2016, 2018, and 2020); “Hecuba’s Rhetoric” (in Poet and Orator. A Symbiotic Relationship in Democratic Athens, ed. by Andreas Markantonatos and Eleni Volonaki, 2019). Now he is working on a new critical edition of Euripides’ Electra, with Italian translation and commentary, to be published in the ‘Collezione Lorenzo Valla’, and a digital repertory of corrections and conjectures on the text of Sophocles (CCTS, see