Jackie Murray

  • Assistant Professor
  • Classics
  • Classics
  • Folklore & Mythology
  • Modern & Classical Languages Literatures & Cultures
1077 Patterson Office Tower
Research Interests:
Office hours: Wednesdays 1-3 pm

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-2ndst century CE. The main focus of her publications and current work has been on the literary and cultural importance of the only surviving epic poem between Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Vergil’s Aeneid, the Argonautica by Apollonius of Rhodes. At Present, Jackie has three projects on the Argonautica in the works. The first, which is nearing completion, is the Cambridge Companion to Apollonius’ Argonautica. The second is her monograph, Read in the Stars: Apollonius’ Argonautica and Ptolemy III Euergetes’ New Era.  It examines the political and ideological significance of astronomy in the poem and in the royal ideology of Ptolemy III and Berenike II. The third is another joint project for Cambridge University Press with James J. Clauss and M. Annette Harder, the text and commentary of Book 1 of the Argonautica.

A long term project is a translation of the Iliad and an adaptation of the Odyssey into Jamaican Patois.


Selected Publications: 
  • 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, Jackie Murray, 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, 2014).
  • 2014   “Anchored in Time: the date in Apollonius’ Argonautica,” in M.A. Harder e.o. (eds.) Hellenistic Poetry in Context (Leuven, 2014).
  • 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).
  • 2010  “Hellenistic Elegy: Out from under the shadow of Callimachus” in James J. Clauss and Martine Cuypers (eds.), Blackwell Companion to Hellenistic Literature (Oxford).
  • 2007  “Gendered voice in Hellenistic Epigram” with Jonathan M. Rowland, in Peter Bing and Jon Bruss (eds.) Brill Companion to Hellenistic Epigrams (Leiden).
  • 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).
  • 2004  “The Metamorphoses of Erysichthon: Callimachus, Apollonius and Ovid” in M.A. Harder e.o. (eds.) Callimachus II (Leuven).
  • 2002   “Waking up to Iliad 7.434" CQ 52:2 (580-81).
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