Jackie Murray

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  • Assistant Professor
  • Classics, African American & Africana Studies, Gender & Women Studies
  • African American and Africana Studies
  • Classics
  • Folklore & Mythology
  • Modern & Classical Languages Literatures & Cultures
  • International Studies
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Ph.D. Classics, University of Washington (2005); M.A. Classics, University of Western Ontario; B.A. (Summa cum Laude) Latin and Classical Studies, University of Guelph

  • Greek and Latin poetry of the 3rd century BCE-2nd century CE

  • Ancient Astronomy and Archeoastronomy

  • Race and the Classics

  • Reception of Classics in African-American and Afro-Caribbean Literature

  • Hellenistic and Roman Intellectual networks

Dr. Jackie Murray is Assistant Professor of Classics in the Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department at the University of Kentucky. She is on the editorial board of Classical Philology, Religion Compass and Brill’s Research Perspectives in Classical Poetry.

In 2011-12 Jackie was the recipient of the Andrew Heiskell/NEH Rome Prize and this fall she is at the University of Cincinnati enjoying a Margo Tytus Fellowship for Visiting Scholars. In the spring she will spend time at the Center for Hellenic Studies. Her research focuses on Greek and Latin Poetry of the Hellenistic /Roman Republican Era; Greek and Latin Epic, Ancient Astronomy and Archeoastronomy, and Hellenistic and Roman Urbanism and Topography. She is currently working on a two part book project situating Apollonius’ Argonautica within the court poetry of Ptolemaic Alexandria.and with Annette Harder she is putting together a text and commentary of book one of the Argonautica.

Jackie’s other interests include Race studies and the Classics and the Reception of Classics in African-American and Afro-Caribbean Literature. With respect to these interests she has developed that are cross-listed with the African and Africana Studies Department at the University of Kentucky: “Reception of Classics in African-American and Afro-Caribbean Literature”, “Classics and Black Theatre”, “Black and the Classics I: Antiquity to Emancipation”,  “Blacks and the Classics II: Segregation”, and “Race and Ethnicity in Antiquity.” Dr. Murray also teaches courses cross-listed with Gender and Women’s Studies: “Wicked Women: Women in Power - Cleopatra and Wu Zetian,” “Amazons for Americans” and “Sex and the Ancient City.”

She is also working on a translation of the Iliad into Jamaican Patois with the poet Ishion Hutchinson.


Selected Publications: 
2019 "Poetically Erect: Female oriented humor in Callimachus' Hymn to Demeter" in Hellenistica Gronigana 24
2018 “Silencing Orpheus: The fiction of Performance in Apollonius’ Argonautica” in Hellenistica Groningana 23: Poetry and Performance.
2017 “New Light on the Meridian, Obelisk, and Ara Pacis of Augustus” co-authors Giuseppina Capriotti, John Fillwalk, Bernie Frischer, Karl Galinsky, Chrystina Häuber, John Miller, Michelle Salzman, Molly Swetnam-Burland. SDH, 1, 1, Article 2 
2016 “Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica: Text & Commentary” in Hellenistic Greek Poetry: A Selection. Ed. David Sider (Ann Arbor, 2016). 64-97
2014 “Anchored in Time: the date in Apollonius’ Argonautica,” in M.A. Harder e.o. (eds.) Hellenistica Groningana 20: Hellenistic Poetry in Context (Leuven, 2014). 247-284
2012 “Burned After Reading:  The So-Called List of Alexandrian Librarians in P.Oxy.X.1241” Aitia 2 http://aitia.revues.org/544
2011 “Shipwrecked Argonauticas: Lucan and Apollonius” in Paolo Asso (ed.), Brill’s Companion to Lucan (Leiden, 2011). 57-79
2010 “Hellenistic Elegy: Out from under the shadow of Callimachus” in James J. Clauss and Martine Cuypers (eds.), Blackwell Companion to Hellenistic Literature (Oxford, 2010). 106-116
2009 Review of A Guide to Hellenistic Literature (Blackwell Guides to Classical Literature) by Kathryn Gutzwiller. Phoenix 63: 390-391.
2008 Review of M. Fantuzzi and R. Hunter, Tradition and Innovation in Hellenistic Poetry, Ancient History Bulletin 20: 146-147.
2007 “Gendered voice in Hellenistic Epigram” with Jonathan M. Rowland, in Peter Bing and Jon Bruss (eds.) Brill Companion to Hellenistic Epigrams (Leiden, 2007). 211-232
2005 “The Constructions of the Argo in Apollonius’ Argonautica” in A. Harder and M. Cuypers (eds.) Beginning from Apollo: Studies in Apollonius Rhodius and the Argonautic Tradition (Leuven, 2005). 88-106
2004 “The Metamorphoses of Erysichthon: Callimachus, Apollonius and Ovid” in M.A. Harder e.o. (eds.) Callimachus II (Leuven, 2004). 207-241
2002 “Waking up to Iliad 7.434" CQ 52:2 (580-81).


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