This year, we welcome Prof. Jackie Murray to our faculty as Assistant Professor of Classics. Prof. Murray comes to us from her previous position at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. Previous to that, she taught at Temple University in Philadelphia. Prof. Murray attended the University of Guelph, the University of Western Ontario, and holds her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Prof. Murray's current research focuses on the 3rd-century BCE author Apollonius Rhodius of Alexandria. Apollonius' epic poem, Argonautica, traces the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts in search of the golden fleece. In the course of the poem, Apollonius is careful to let his readers know how much time has passed, by references to astronomical bodies taken from the skies of the time of his writing. With this information and the aid of records of ancient astronomical observations and modern planetarium software, Prof. Murray has established that the astronomical events described in the poem correspond to 238 BCE, the jubilee year of the Egyptian king Ptolemy Euergetes, and the year he introduced the first official 365.25 day calendar. Such fascinating, interdisciplinary scholarship is wholly indicative of Prof. Murray's wide and eclectic interests in Greek and Latin literature, the history of science, diversity studies, and numerous other interests. Prof. Murray has held the Andrew Heiskell/National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome. She has also held an NEH Fellowship in the Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship and at the UCLA Summer Institute on Models of Ancient Rome, and participated in the Mellon Faculty Seminar and University of Venice Advanced Seminar in Ancient Mediterranean Literature.
About Classics at the University of Kentucky
The Classics program offers an undergraduate major and minor in both the B.A. and B.S. degrees. We also contribute a significant component to the minor in Folklore and Mythology in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures. On the graduate level, the program offers an M.A. in Classics and an M.A. in Teaching Latin, through the Department’s Master of Arts in Teaching World Languages Program (MATWL). We are also home to the UK Institute for Latin Studies which offers a unique graduate level program featuring the use of active speaking to gain a superior command of Latin and a broad sweep through the entire tradition of Latin from antiquity to the present day.

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