Professor Peter Wilson

BA Sydney PhD Camb FAHA
William Ritchie Professor of Classics

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

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Research interests

  • History of the Classical theatre
  • Greek literature and culture from Homer to the Hellenistic age
  • The sociology of Greek music

Teaching and supervision

  • ANHS1600 Foundations for Ancient Greece
  • GRKA3603 Greek Oratory and Historiography
  • GRKA3605 Greek Drama
  • GRKA3606 Classics of Greek Literature
  • ENGL2607 Drama: Classical to Renaissance

Current projects

I am currently engaged in a large project with my colleagues Eric Csapo, Dick Green, Ted Robinson and Sebastiana Nervegna entitled ?The Theatrical Revolution: The Expansion of Theatre Outside Athens?. This is funded by the ARC (2010-2014) and includes a post-Doctoral Fellow (Sebatsiana Nervegna) housed in the Centre for Classical & Near Eastern Studies of Australia.

Accounting for the Ancient Theatre: a new social and economic history of Classical Greek drama (Chief Investigator, with Prof Eric Csapo)

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2011

  • Death of Drama or Birth of an industry? : the Greek Theatre in the Fourth Century BC; Csapo E, Wilson P; Ian Potter Foundation/Travel Support.

2010

  • The Theatrical Revolution: The Expansion of Theatre Outside Athens; Csapo E, Wilson P, Green J, Robinson E, Nervegna S; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • The Inspired Voices Research Cluster; Benitez E, Kindt J, Maxwell I, Wilson P; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2005

  • Accounting for the ancient theatre: a new social and economic history of classical greek drama; Wilson P, Csapo E; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Wilson, P. (2003). The Athenian Institution of the Khoregia: the Chorus, the City and the Stage. UK: Cambridge University Press.

Edited Books

  • Csapo, E., Green, J., Wilson, P., Rupprecht Goette, H. (2014). Greek Theatre in the Fourth Century B.C. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Kowalzig, B., Wilson, P. (2013). Dithyramb in Context. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Reevermann, M., Wilson, P. (2008). Performance, Iconography, Reception: Studies in Honour of Oliver Taplin. Oxford, NY, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2007). The Greek Theatre and Festivals: Documentary Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Davidson, J., Muecke, F., Wilson, P. (2006). Greek Drama III: Essays in Honour of Kevin Lee. London: Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
  • Wilson, P. (2004). Music and the Muses: the Culture of Mousike in the Classical Athenian City. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Csapo, E., Wilson, P. (2014). Dramatic Festivals. In Hanna M. Roisman (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy, (pp. 292-299). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Wilson, P., Csapo, E. (2014). Economic History of the Greek Theater. In Hanna M. Roisman (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy, (pp. 307-314). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Csapo, E., Wilson, P. (2014). Origins and History of Greek Tragedy. In Hanna M. Roisman (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy, (pp. 926-937). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Wilson, P., Csapo, E. (2014). Records. In Hanna M. Roisman (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy, (pp. 1141-1142). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Csapo, E., Wilson, P. (2014). The Finance and Organisation of the Athenian Theatre in the Time of Eubulus and Lycurgus. In Eric Csapo, Hans Rupprecht Goette, J. Richard Green, Peter Wilson (Eds.), Greek Theatre in the Fourth Century B.C, (pp. 393-424). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Kowalzig, B., Wilson, P. (2013). Introduction: The World of Dithyramb. In Barbara Kowalzig, Peter Wilson (Eds.), Dithyramb in Context, (pp. 1-27). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson, P., Csapo, E. (2012). From Choregia to Agonothesia: Evidence for the Administration and Finance of the Athenian Theatre in the Late Fourth Century BC. In D Rosenbloom and J Davidson (Eds.), Greek Drama IV: Texts, Contexts, Performance, (pp. 300-321). Oxford, United Kingdom: Aris and Phillips.
  • Wilson, P. (2011). The glue of democracy? Tragedy, structure, and finance. In David Carter (Eds.), Why Athens; A Reappraisal of Tragic Politics, (pp. 19-43). New York, US: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2010). How did the Athenian demes fund their theatre? In Brigitte Le Guen (Eds.), Largent dans les concours du monde grec, (pp. 37-82). Saint-Denis: Presses Universitaires de Vincennes.
  • Csapo, E., Wilson, P. (2010). Le passage de la chorégie à l'agonothésie à Athènes à la fin du IVe siècle. In Brigitte Le Guen (Eds.), Largent dans les concours du monde grec, (pp. 83-105). Saint-Denis: Presses Universitaires de Vincennes.
  • Wilson, P. (2010). The Man and the Music (and the Choregos?). In Oliver Taplin and Rosie Wyles (Eds.), The Pronomos Vase and its Context, (pp. 181-212). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2009). Thamyris the Thracian: the archetypical wandering poet? In R. Hunter and I. Hunter (Eds.), Wandering Poets in Ancient Greek Culture: Travel, Locality and Pan-Hellenism, (pp. 46-79). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wilson, P., Csapo, E. (2009). The End of the Khoregia in Athens: A Forgotten Document. In M.C. Martinelli (Eds.), La Musa dimenticata: aspetti dell esperienza musicale greca in et ellenistica, (pp. 47-74). Pisa, Italy: edizioini della Normale.
  • Csapo, E., Wilson, P. (2009). Timotheus the New Musician. In Felix Budelmann (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Greek Lyric, (pp. 277-294). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2008). Costing the Dionysia. In Martin Revermann and Peter Wilson (Eds.), Performance, Iconography, Reception: Studies in Honour of Oliver Taplin, (pp. 88-127). Oxford, NY, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2007). Introduction. In Peter Wilson (Eds.), The Greek Theatre and Festivals: Documentary Studies, (pp. 1-17). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2007). Nikê's Cosmetics: Dramatic Victory, the End of Comedy, and Beyond. In Chris Kraus, Simon Goldhill, Helene P. Foley, and Jas Elsner (Eds.), Visualizing the Tragic: Drama, Myth and Ritual in Greek Art and Literature, (pp. 257-287). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2007). Performance in the 'Pythion': The Athenian Thargelia. In Peter Wilson (Eds.), The Greek Theatre and Festivals: Documentary Studies, (pp. 150-182). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2007). Sicilian Choruses. In Peter Wilson (Eds.), The Greek Theatre and Festivals: Documentary Studies, (pp. 351-377). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2006). Diken in the Oresteia of Aeschylus. In John Davidson, Frances Muecke & Peter Wilson (Eds.), Greek Drama III: Essays in Honour of Kevin Lee, (pp. 187-201). London: Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
  • Wilson, P. (2005). Music. In J. Gregory (Eds.), A Companion to Greek Tragedy, (pp. 183-193). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Wilson, P. (2004). Ajax: Introduction. In R.C.Jebb. (Eds.), Sophocles: Ajax, (pp. 31-47). London: Bristol Classical Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2004). Athenian Strings. In Penelope Murray, Peter Wilson (Eds.), Music and the Muses: the Culture of Mousike in the Classical Athenian City, (pp. 269-306). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2003). The politics of dance: Dithyrambic contest and social order in ancient Greece. In Phillips, Pritchard (Eds.), Sport and Festival in the Ancient Greek World, (pp. 163-196). Wales: Classical Press of Wales.
  • Wilson, P. (2003). The sound of cultural conflict: Kritias and the culture of Mousike in Athens. In C. Dougherty and L. Kurke (Eds.), The cultures within ancient Greek culture : contact, conflict, collaboration, (pp. 181-206). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2002). The musicians among the actors. In Pat Easterling & Edith Hall (Eds.), Greek and Roman Actors: Aspects of an Ancient Profession, (pp. 39-68). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Journals

  • Green, J., Wilson, P. (2013). Song, Torch, Pyrrhic: Naming the Winner. Antike Kunst, 56, 56-61.
  • Wilson, P. (2013). The Decree of Teleas from the Theatre of Thorikos, Revisited. Zeitschrift fuer Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 184, 159-164.
  • Wilson, P. (2011). Dionysos in Hagnous. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 177, 79-89.
  • Wilson, P., Hartwig, A. (2009). IG I3 102 and the tradition of proclaiming honours at the tragic agon of the Athenian City Dionysia. Zeitschrift fuer Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 169, 17-27.
  • Wilson, P. (2009). Tragic honours and democracy: Neglected evidence for the politics of the athenian dionysia. The Classical Quarterly, 59(1), 8-29.
  • Wilson, P. (2008). Thamyris of Thrace and the Muses of Messenia. Mediterranean Archaeology, 19/20, 207-212.
  • Wilson, P. (2007). Choruses for sale in Thorikos?: a speculative note on SEG 34, 107. Zeitschrift fuer Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 161, 125-132.
  • Wilson, P. (2007). Pronomos and Potamon: Two Pipers and Two Epigrams. Journal of Hellenic Studies, 127, 141-149.

2014

  • Csapo, E., Wilson, P. (2014). Dramatic Festivals. In Hanna M. Roisman (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy, (pp. 292-299). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Wilson, P., Csapo, E. (2014). Economic History of the Greek Theater. In Hanna M. Roisman (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy, (pp. 307-314). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Csapo, E., Green, J., Wilson, P., Rupprecht Goette, H. (2014). Greek Theatre in the Fourth Century B.C. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Csapo, E., Wilson, P. (2014). Origins and History of Greek Tragedy. In Hanna M. Roisman (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy, (pp. 926-937). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Wilson, P., Csapo, E. (2014). Records. In Hanna M. Roisman (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Greek Tragedy, (pp. 1141-1142). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Csapo, E., Wilson, P. (2014). The Finance and Organisation of the Athenian Theatre in the Time of Eubulus and Lycurgus. In Eric Csapo, Hans Rupprecht Goette, J. Richard Green, Peter Wilson (Eds.), Greek Theatre in the Fourth Century B.C, (pp. 393-424). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.

2013

  • Kowalzig, B., Wilson, P. (2013). Dithyramb in Context. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kowalzig, B., Wilson, P. (2013). Introduction: The World of Dithyramb. In Barbara Kowalzig, Peter Wilson (Eds.), Dithyramb in Context, (pp. 1-27). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Green, J., Wilson, P. (2013). Song, Torch, Pyrrhic: Naming the Winner. Antike Kunst, 56, 56-61.
  • Wilson, P. (2013). The Decree of Teleas from the Theatre of Thorikos, Revisited. Zeitschrift fuer Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 184, 159-164.

2012

  • Wilson, P., Csapo, E. (2012). From Choregia to Agonothesia: Evidence for the Administration and Finance of the Athenian Theatre in the Late Fourth Century BC. In D Rosenbloom and J Davidson (Eds.), Greek Drama IV: Texts, Contexts, Performance, (pp. 300-321). Oxford, United Kingdom: Aris and Phillips.

2011

  • Wilson, P. (2011). Dionysos in Hagnous. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 177, 79-89.
  • Wilson, P. (2011). The glue of democracy? Tragedy, structure, and finance. In David Carter (Eds.), Why Athens; A Reappraisal of Tragic Politics, (pp. 19-43). New York, US: Oxford University Press.

2010

  • Wilson, P. (2010). How did the Athenian demes fund their theatre? In Brigitte Le Guen (Eds.), Largent dans les concours du monde grec, (pp. 37-82). Saint-Denis: Presses Universitaires de Vincennes.
  • Csapo, E., Wilson, P. (2010). Le passage de la chorégie à l'agonothésie à Athènes à la fin du IVe siècle. In Brigitte Le Guen (Eds.), Largent dans les concours du monde grec, (pp. 83-105). Saint-Denis: Presses Universitaires de Vincennes.
  • Wilson, P. (2010). The Man and the Music (and the Choregos?). In Oliver Taplin and Rosie Wyles (Eds.), The Pronomos Vase and its Context, (pp. 181-212). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2009

  • Wilson, P., Hartwig, A. (2009). IG I3 102 and the tradition of proclaiming honours at the tragic agon of the Athenian City Dionysia. Zeitschrift fuer Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 169, 17-27.
  • Wilson, P. (2009). Thamyris the Thracian: the archetypical wandering poet? In R. Hunter and I. Hunter (Eds.), Wandering Poets in Ancient Greek Culture: Travel, Locality and Pan-Hellenism, (pp. 46-79). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wilson, P., Csapo, E. (2009). The End of the Khoregia in Athens: A Forgotten Document. In M.C. Martinelli (Eds.), La Musa dimenticata: aspetti dell esperienza musicale greca in et ellenistica, (pp. 47-74). Pisa, Italy: edizioini della Normale.
  • Csapo, E., Wilson, P. (2009). Timotheus the New Musician. In Felix Budelmann (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Greek Lyric, (pp. 277-294). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2009). Tragic honours and democracy: Neglected evidence for the politics of the athenian dionysia. The Classical Quarterly, 59(1), 8-29.

2008

  • Wilson, P. (2008). Costing the Dionysia. In Martin Revermann and Peter Wilson (Eds.), Performance, Iconography, Reception: Studies in Honour of Oliver Taplin, (pp. 88-127). Oxford, NY, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Reevermann, M., Wilson, P. (2008). Performance, Iconography, Reception: Studies in Honour of Oliver Taplin. Oxford, NY, USA: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2008). Thamyris of Thrace and the Muses of Messenia. Mediterranean Archaeology, 19/20, 207-212.

2007

  • Wilson, P. (2007). Choruses for sale in Thorikos?: a speculative note on SEG 34, 107. Zeitschrift fuer Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 161, 125-132.
  • Wilson, P. (2007). Introduction. In Peter Wilson (Eds.), The Greek Theatre and Festivals: Documentary Studies, (pp. 1-17). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2007). Nikê's Cosmetics: Dramatic Victory, the End of Comedy, and Beyond. In Chris Kraus, Simon Goldhill, Helene P. Foley, and Jas Elsner (Eds.), Visualizing the Tragic: Drama, Myth and Ritual in Greek Art and Literature, (pp. 257-287). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2007). Performance in the 'Pythion': The Athenian Thargelia. In Peter Wilson (Eds.), The Greek Theatre and Festivals: Documentary Studies, (pp. 150-182). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2007). Pronomos and Potamon: Two Pipers and Two Epigrams. Journal of Hellenic Studies, 127, 141-149.
  • Wilson, P. (2007). Sicilian Choruses. In Peter Wilson (Eds.), The Greek Theatre and Festivals: Documentary Studies, (pp. 351-377). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2007). The Greek Theatre and Festivals: Documentary Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2006

  • Wilson, P. (2006). Diken in the Oresteia of Aeschylus. In John Davidson, Frances Muecke & Peter Wilson (Eds.), Greek Drama III: Essays in Honour of Kevin Lee, (pp. 187-201). London: Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.
  • Davidson, J., Muecke, F., Wilson, P. (2006). Greek Drama III: Essays in Honour of Kevin Lee. London: Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

2005

  • Wilson, P. (2005). Music. In J. Gregory (Eds.), A Companion to Greek Tragedy, (pp. 183-193). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.

2004

  • Wilson, P. (2004). Ajax: Introduction. In R.C.Jebb. (Eds.), Sophocles: Ajax, (pp. 31-47). London: Bristol Classical Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2004). Athenian Strings. In Penelope Murray, Peter Wilson (Eds.), Music and the Muses: the Culture of Mousike in the Classical Athenian City, (pp. 269-306). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2004). Music and the Muses: the Culture of Mousike in the Classical Athenian City. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

2003

  • Wilson, P. (2003). The Athenian Institution of the Khoregia: the Chorus, the City and the Stage. UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wilson, P. (2003). The politics of dance: Dithyrambic contest and social order in ancient Greece. In Phillips, Pritchard (Eds.), Sport and Festival in the Ancient Greek World, (pp. 163-196). Wales: Classical Press of Wales.
  • Wilson, P. (2003). The sound of cultural conflict: Kritias and the culture of Mousike in Athens. In C. Dougherty and L. Kurke (Eds.), The cultures within ancient Greek culture : contact, conflict, collaboration, (pp. 181-206). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

2002

  • Wilson, P. (2002). The musicians among the actors. In Pat Easterling & Edith Hall (Eds.), Greek and Roman Actors: Aspects of an Ancient Profession, (pp. 39-68). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

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