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Peter Hart Burian Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Peter Hart Burian has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in education

Peter Hart Burian is Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies at Duke University.

    CARRBORO, NC, February 06, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Peter Hart Burian with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Burian celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

With fifty years of experience in education to his credit, Dr. Burian has become an authority in his profession. Currently Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies at Duke University, he began his career at there as an instructor from 1968 to 1971, continued as an assistant professor from 1971 to 1977, an associate professor from 1977 to 1996, as Professor of Classical and Comparative Literatures and Professor of Theater Studies from 1996-2013, and as research professor from 2013-2915. Dr. Burian was chair of the Comparative literature Program from 1985 to 1988, and of the department of Classical studies from 2003 to 2007. His university service includes chairing the Academic Council (the representative body of the entire Duke faculty) from 2000 to 2002 and serving as Dean of the Humanities during 2012-2013.

Dr. Burian taught as an assistant professor at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome from 1975 to 1976 and returned there as Professor-in-Charge in 2009-2010 and 2013-2014. He was a visiting professor at Dartmouth College in 1989 and taught in Duke-sponsored programs in Venice (Venice International University) in 1998, Florence in 2002, and Kunshan, China (Duke-Kunshan University) in 2017.

A graduate of University High School in Iowa City, Iowa, Dr. Burian earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1964, Master of Arts in 1968 and Doctor of Philosophy in 1971, both from Princeton University. He was fortunate to have been mentored and inspired by teachers in all these institutions who fostered his love of languages, literatures and cultures and his passion for teaching. His teaching has ranged from courses in ancient Greek language and literature at all levels, courses on ancient literatures in translation and classical civilizations, global reception of classical culture, and translation studies.

Dr. Burian's contributions as a scholar and writer are largely in three related areas: Greek drama, reception studies (i.e., the reception of ancient thought, literature, and arts in a broad range of historical and geographical contexts), and translation. He published annotated editions of Aristophanes' Birds in 1991 and Euripides' Helen in 2007. As co-editor of the Oxford University Press "Greek Tragedy in New Translations," he brought the series to completion and published the collected plays in nine volumes between 2009 and 2011. Among the plays that appeared in that series, he was also translator (with Alan Shapiro) of Aeschylus' Oresteia and Euripides' Phoenician Women (with Brian Swann). He provided introductions and notes those plays as well for three other plays in the series. His translation of Aeschylus' Suppliants appeared in 1991. His translations from Italian include works of Poliziano and Foscolo. Dr. Burian has also contributed numerous chapters to edited volumes and articles to professional journals in his areas of expertise. His current projects include an adaptation of Aristophanes' Birds, the editing (with Jacques Bromberg) of a multi-author Companion to Aeschylus and a large-scale study of the complex relationship between the Athenian theater and Athens' democratic regime during the fifth century BCE.

Dr. Burian has received a number of awards throughout his career. He entered graduate school as a Woodrow Wilson National fellowship in 1964-1965, was awarded a Fulbright fellowship at the University Innsbruck in1966-1967 and a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Humanities in 1972- 1973 for research in Italy. In 1988 Dr. Burian was a fellow of the University of North Carolina Institute for Arts and Humanities in 1988,and in 2003 he was invited to King's College, Cambridge as a senior associate. Apart from his career, Dr. Burian has volunteered in his community. He was coordinator of Amnesty International Group in Durham, NC from 1985 to 1988 and has served for many years on the board of directors of the Carolina Justice Policy Center. His opinion pieces on current issues have been published in a number of national newspapers.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Burian has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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