Ariana Traill

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Ariana Traill (B.A. University of Toronto 1991, Ph.D. Harvard 1997) is an Associate Professor in the Department of the Classics. She is also affiliated with Theater Studies. Her research interests include Greek and Roman comedy, women in antiquity, and the reception of ancient comedy. She is the author of Women and the Comic Plot in Menander (Cambridge, 2008) and co-editor of A Companion to Terence (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, with Antony Augoustakis). Current book projects include a commentary and edited volume on Plautus'  Cistellaria, and a translation of Menander's Periceiromene.

Research Interests

Greek and Roman Comedy, Women in Antiquity, Reception of Ancient Comedy


Ph.D. Classical Philology, Harvard 1997
B.A. Classical Philology, University of Toronto 1991

Honors & Awards

Lynn M. Martin Professorial Scholar


CLCV 550, LAT 491

Office Address

4053 Foreign Lang
707 S Mathews
M/C 174
Urbana, IL 61801

Office Phone

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Research Output 2000 2016

Review: A.K. Petrides' Menander, New Comedy and the Visual

Traill, A., 2016, In : Classical World. 109, 2, p. 267-8 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review: S. Papaioannou's (ed.) Terence and Interpretation

Traill, A., Nov 1 2016, In : Journal of Roman Studies. 106, p. 339-340 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Shakespeare and the Roman comic meretrix

Traill, A., Jan 1 2015, Women in Roman Republican Drama. Dutsch, D. & Konstan, D. (eds.). University of Wisconsin Press, p. 213-231 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

William Shakespeare

A Companion to Terence

Augoustakis, A. (ed.) & Traill, A. (ed.), May 3 2013, Malden: Wiley-Blackwell. 560 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Historical Context
Ethnic Groups


Traill, A., May 3 2013, A companion to Terence. Traill, A. & Augostakis, A. (eds.). Blackwell Publishing Ltd., p. 318-339 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Short Play

Activities 2010 2016

  • 4 Invited talk
  • 3 Editorial activity
  • 2 Oral presentation

Teaching Latin in the 21st Century

Ariana Traill (Invited speaker)
Apr 16 2010

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Demea's conversion in the Adelphoe and Menander

Ariana Traill (Invited speaker)
Oct 28 2010

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Inflections of the tragic nurse in Menander

Ariana Traill (Speaker)
Jul 2012

Activity: Talk typesOral presentation

Plautus and the origins of Roman Satire

Ariana Traill (Invited speaker)
Jun 2016

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Dickinson College Commentaries (Journal)

Ariana Traill (Editorial board member)
2014 → …

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

Honors & Recognition

Effective leadership