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University of Pittsburgh


Mae J. Smethurst

Adjunct Emerita Professor, with primary appointment in Classics

Office Location

1518 Cathedral of Learning
Phone: 412-624-4476


As a professor of classics, my main interests are ancient literary theory, drama, lyric poetry, and comparative theater. I was a junior fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., where I began my work on the comparison of Greek tragedy and Japanese noh. In 1989 I published The Artistry of Aeschylus and Zeami: A Comparative Study of Greek Tragedy and Noh, which has received the AAUP Arisawa Memorial Award. I have also published articles on the subject of Greek tragedy and the comparison of tragedy and noh. Dramatic Representations of Filial Pietywas published in 2000 and was awarded a Japan-United States Friendship Commission Prize by Columbia University's Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture. I edited the book The Noh Ominameshi: A Flower Viewed from Many Directions (Cornell East Asia Series 2003).


  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1968