Jackie Murray

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  • Associate Professor
  • Classics, African American & Africana Studies, Gender & Women Studies
  • African American and Africana Studies
  • Classics
  • Folklore & Mythology
  • Modern & Classical Languages Literatures & Cultures
  • International Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Gender and Women's Studies
1077 Patterson Office Tower
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Research Interests:

Currently on sabbatical until Spring 2021

Discussion with Rebecca Futo Kennedy on Teaching Race and Ethnicity in Antiquity hosted by Everyday Orientalism

Recent Podcast Interviews

Me reading the beginning of "Patois Iliad in the theatre of Aphrodisias"


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


Dr. Jackie Murray is Associate 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.

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

  • Ancient Astronomy and Archeoastronomy

  • Race, Racism, White Supremacy and the Classics

  • Blackness in Antiquity

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

  • Hellenistic and Roman Intellectual networks

In her own words:

My primary research area is Hellenistic Poetry, its reception of Archaic and Classical Greek literature, its influence on Latin poetry and Imperial Greek literature, and on Latin and Imperial Literature. My publications have focused mainly, but not exclusively, on Apollonius’ Argonautica and Callimachus’ Hymn to Demeter. My secondary area is Race and the Classics and the reception of Classics in African American and Afro-Caribbean literature. I am drawn to complexity and to subjects that require a constellation of approaches and perspectives.
While it may appear that my two areas of interest are worlds apart, and admittedly, I was forced into my second area of interest by the racism I have experienced during my career, I have, nevertheless, found these two avenues of inquiry comparable, compatible, and mutually reinforcing. Both require a high degree of intellectual rigor. On the one hand, friends and colleagues who work on Classical Greek and Roman literature are constantly reminding me how off-putting the steep learning curve that Hellenistic poetry is for many. On the other hand, the relationships between Classics and Race Studies and racism is very fraught: the symbolic power of the discipline has been used and continues to be used as a vehicle to promote and reinforce white supremacist ideas about who can and should be an intellectual and who belongs in the academy. It is therefore crucial to pursue both, and in the order I have ranked them. This is not because I think the two focuses of study are unequal or simply because my ranking reflects the order I took them up. Rather, my research in Hellenistic Poetry, frankly, lends credibility to my work on Race and the Classics, as Classics itself and not just a sub-branch or an extraneous field of “Africana Classics”. Both Hellenistic Poetry and Race Studies require that I develop a broad range of perspectives and use different types of evidence to gain insight that I translate into knowledge. In general, my research pursues projects that open new horizons and encourage further dialogue and exploration among an ever-broadening community of scholars.

With respect to these interests I have developed courses 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”, “Blacks and the Classics I: Antiquity to Emancipation”,  “Blacks and the Classics II: Classics and Segregation”, “Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in Antiquity,” and "Gender, Sexuality & Racecraft in the Celluloid Classical World." The last course, I also teach cross-listed with Gender and Women’s Studies along with "Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome", “Wicked Women: Women in Power - Cleopatra and Wu Zetian,” “Amazons for Americans” and “Sex and the Ancient City.”

Languages Courses:

Undergraduate: GRK 101, 102, 201, 202

Undergraduate/Graduate: Prose composiiton; Greek Prose Fiction; Hellenistic Poetry; Homer; Greek Drama; Jewish Writers in Greek

Selected Publications: 

2019 “W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Quest of the Silver Fleece: The Education of Black  Medea.” TAPA 149.2 Supplement (Sesquicentennial Anniversary Issue 2019) 141-160.

2019 "Poetically Erect: The female oriented humor in Callimachus’ Hymn to Demeter." Hellenistica Groningana 24: New Perspectives in Callimachean Scholarship (Leuven) 249-263. 

2018 “Silencing Orpheus: The fiction of Performance in Apollonius’ Argonautica” in M.A. Harder e.o. (eds.) Hellenistica Groningana 23: Poetry and Performance (Leuven) 201-224.

Awards, Fellowships and Honors

2020 Fellowship at the Center for Hellenic Studies

2018 Visiting Scholar at the Center for Hellenic Studies

2017 Margo Tytus Fellowship for Visiting Scholars, University of Cincinnati 

2015-2016 Mary C. Bingham Faculty Fellowship, University of Kentucky

2011-2012 Andrew Heiskell/NEH Post-Doctoral Fellowship, American Academy in Rome 

2010 NEH Fellowship: Institute for Enabling Geospatial Scholarship, UVA

2010 Mellon Faculty Seminar– Tang Museum

2006-2007 University of Venice Advanced Seminar in Ancient Mediterranean Literature

2006 NEH Fellowship: UCLA Summer Institute on Models of Ancient Rome

2004-2005 Simpson Center Society of Scholars, University of Washington

2004-2005 Alvord Dissertation Fellowship, University of Washington

2004 Jim Greenfield Dissertation Fellowship, University of Washington

2003-2004 Lead Teaching Associate, University of Washington

1999-2003 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship (SSHRCC)

1998-1999 Ontario Graduate Scholarship



In print / press

2020 “Race and Sexuality: Racecraft in the Odyssey” in Denise McCoskey, ed., 

Bloomsbury Cultural History of Race Series. [in press: Expected 2020)

“Quarrelling with Callimachus: A Response to Annette Harder’s Aspects of 

the Interaction between Apollonius Rhodius and Callimachus” Aevum 

Special Volume in honor of Annette Harder. [in press: Expected 2020]

“Poetically Erect again: The female oriented dildo-humor in Herodas’ Mimiamb 

VI” Hellenistica Groningana 25 [in press: Expected 2020]

2019 “W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Quest of the Silver Fleece: The Education of Black 

Medea.” TAPA 149.2 Supplement (Sesquicentennial Anniversary Issue 2019) 141-160.

2019 "Poetically Erect: The female oriented humor in Callimachus’ Hymn to 

Demeter." Hellenistica Groningana 24: New Perspectives in Callimachean Scholarship (Leuven) 249-263. 

2018 “Silencing Orpheus: The fiction of Performance in Apollonius’ 

Argonautica” in M.A. Harder e.o. (eds.) Hellenistica Groningana 23

Poetry and Performance (Leuven) 201-224.

2017 “New Light on the Meridian, Obelisk, and Ara Pacis of Augustus” 

co-authors  Bernie Frischer, Karl Galinsky, John Pollini, Nicholas Cipolla, 

Giuseppina Capriotti, John Fillwalk, Chrystina Häuber, John Miller, 

Michelle Salzman, Molly Swetnam-Burland. SDH, 1, 1, Article 2. 45-48.

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. Caeculus 6 (2005). 88-106.

2004 “The Metamorphoses of Erysichthon: Callimachus, Apollonius and Ovid” in M.A. 

Harder e.o. (eds.) Hellenistica Groningana 7: Callimachus II (Leuven, 2004). 


2002 “Waking up to Iliad 7.434" CQ 52:2 (580-81).


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