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George Kovacs

Assistant Professor

Office:  Lady Eaton College S106
Phone:  705-748-1011, ext. 7355
E-Mail:  gakovacs@trentu.ca

B.A. Ancient History & Classics (Trent), M.A. in Classics (Memorial), Ph.D. in Classics (Toronto)

Prof. Kovacs specializes in Greek poetry of the Archaic and Classical periods, with special interests in Greek and Roman drama and stagecraft, and in the reception of Greek myth in modern popular culture. He also serves as Director of the Classics Drama Group, which annually produces an ancient Greek play, tragedy or comedy, in English translation. Prof. Kovacs has been a member of Ancient History and Classics since 2007-08, and has taught courses in Greek and Roman mythology, Greek and Roman theatre, film and antiquity, and language courses in Greek and Latin.  He has taught similar courses at the University of Toronto (2004-08), and the University of British Columbia (2011-12).

Recent Publications

KOVACS, G. 2015. “Moral and Mortal in Star Trek: The Original Series,” in Classical Traditions in Science Fiction, eds. B. Rogers and B. Stevens (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

KOVACS, G. and C.W. Marshall, eds. 2015. Son of Classics and Comics.(Oxford: Oxford University Press).

KOVACS, G. 2014. “Performance,” “Actors and Acting,” “Actors’ Interpolations,” and “Reception of Euripides,” in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy, ed. H. Roismann (Malden: Wiley Blackwell).

KOVACS, G. 2013. “Truth, Justice, and the Spartan Way: Freedom and Democracy in Frank Miller’s 300,” in Classics in the Modern World: A Democratic Turn? eds. L. Hardwick and S. Harrison (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

KOVACS, G. 2013. “Stringed Instruments in Fifth-Century Drama,” in Performance in Greek and Roman Tragedy, eds. G. Harrison and V. Liapis (Leiden: E.J. Brill), 477-499.

KOVACS, G. 2012. “Iphigenia at Aulis,” and “Wasps,” in The Literary Encyclopedia, ed. J. Burgess [www.litencyc.com].

Marshall, C.W. and G. KOVACS, eds. 2012. No Laughing Matter: Studies in Athenian Comedy (London: Bristol Classical Press).

KOVACS, G. and C.W. Marshall, eds. 2011. Classics and Comics (New York: Oxford University Press).

Forthcoming Publications

Coming soon!

Invited Lectures

KOVACS, G. 2014. October 2. "The Script of Iphigenia at Aulis." University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

KOVACS, G. 2013, April 6. “The Mechane and Its Impact on Fifth-Century Theatre,” presented at Technology, Society, and Economy in the Ancient Mediterranean World, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

In the Media

KOVACS, G. March 2, 2015. "What did you learn from Spock?" Interview with CBC Ontario Today. 


KOVACS, G. October 8, 2014. "Classical Mythology Comes to Hollywood." OUPBlog.