Dr Anne Mackay

BA, MA (Canterbury), PhD (Wellington)


2001- present: Associate Professor of Classics, University of Auckland, New Zealand

1990-2001: Professorial Chair of Classics, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa

1984-1990: Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa

1978-1984: Lecturer in Classics, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa

1974-1977: Junior Lecturer in Classics, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Research | Current

  • The Attic black-figure vase-painting tradition
  • Early Greek oral-traditional epic
  • Narrative strategies in ancient Greek vase-painting and early epic
  • Representations of mythological narrative in early Greek art

Work in progress

An investigation of inscriptions on Greek vases: the various categories and their likely signification for ancient viewers.

A long-term comparative study of the parallel traditions of archaic Athenian vase-painting and ancient Greek oral-traditional epic, examining in the light of reception aesthetics the similarities of narrative structure, and formulaic and thematic composition, as well as tracing references in both traditions to a shared 'folk-culture'.

Teaching | Current

ANCHIST 251 Icon and Narrative: Egypt, Greece and the Aegean

ANCHIST 351 Icon and Narrative: Egypt, Greece and the Aegean

ANCHIST 746 Themes and Issues in Greek Culture

CLASSICS 110 Classical Mythology through Tragedy

CLASSICS 285 Greek Tragedy

CLASSICS 385 Greek Tragedy

GREEK 202 Ancient Greek Literary Texts 2B

GREEK 204 Ancient Greek Literary Texts 2D

GREEK 302 Ancient Greek Literary Texts 3B

GREEK 707 Selected Greek Texts 1

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries about research supervision, particularly on topics in or related to Greek vase-painting, Homer, and traditional oral epic.

Current supervision topics

Greek art, Greek tragedy, Greek ceramic export trade, mythological figures in Greek literature and art, and potential reception of Greek cultural icons in the Etruscan context.

Past PhD supervision has included work variously on Attic black-figure vase-painting, Homer, Euripides, Herodotos and Heliodoros.

Past Research MA supervision has included work variously on myth and festivals in Greek vase-painting and literature, Homer and the oral tradition, Euripides, and the literary construction of a historical figure, as well as Attic black-figure vase-painting generally.

Areas of expertise

  • Archaic Greek Art, especially Attic black-figure pottery
  • Early Greek Oral Tradition, especially Homeric epic; oral theory
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Greek Mythology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Mackay, A. (2016). Industrial religion: The saucer pyres of the Athenian Agora. By Susan I. Rotroff [Book review]. Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada, 13 (2), 460-463.
  • Mackay, E. A. (2016). Susan I. Rotroff. Industrial Religion: The Saucer Pyres of the Athenian Agora, Hesperia Supplement 47. Princeton, NJ: American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2013. Pp. xix + 228. US $75.00. ISBN 9780876615478 [book review]. Mouseion: journal of the Classical Association of Canada, 13 (2), 460-463. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33088
  • Mackay, E. A. (2016). The baneful hedgehog of ancient Greece. In Landgráfová R, Mynářová J (Eds.) Rich and great: studies in honour of Anthony J. Spalinger on the occasion of his 70th Feast of Thoth (pp. 233-237). Prague: Charles University, Faculty of Arts. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33089
  • Mackay, E. A. (Ed.) (2011). ASCS 32 Selected Proceedings (2011). The Selected Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies. ASCS Website, Australia: Online publication.
  • Mackay, E. A. (2011). Review of Stephen R. Wilk, Medusa. Solving the Mystery of the Gorgon. The CLASSICAL REVIEW, 61 (1), 184-186. 10.1017/S0009840X10002465
  • Mackay, E. A. (2010). Distorted Ideals in Greek Vase-Painting: The World of Mythological Burlesque. HERMATHENA (188), 102-106.
  • Mackay, E. A. (2010). Review of: Distorted Ideals in Greek Vase-Painting: The World of Mythological Burlesque by David Walsh. Hermathena, Summer 2010, issue 188, p. 102-106 (188), 102-106. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25028
  • Mackay, E. A. (2010). Tradition and Originality : A Study of Exekias. Oxford : Archaeopress. Pages: 413.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/11877


Contact details

Alternative contact

Classics and Ancient History, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts

Building 810, Room 511A

University of Auckland

PB 92019

Auckland 1142

New Zealand

Primary office location

Level 8, Room 822
New Zealand

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