Associate Professor Anne Mackay

BA, MA (Canterbury), PhD (Wellington)

Biography

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
  • Representations of mythological narrative in early Greek art

Work in progress

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'.

Investigation of the potential for polysemy in the narrative scenes of the Attic black-figure tradition.

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

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
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Greek Mythology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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. (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). 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
  • Mackay, E. A. (2005). Vases in Mannheim; F. Utili: Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. Deutschland [Band 75]. Mannheim, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, ehemals Reiss-Museum. Band 2. Pp. 89, ills. Munich: Verlag C. H. Beck, 2003. Cased, EUR80. ISBN: 3-406-50565-1. Classical Review (55:1) March 2005, pp. 339-341, 55 (1), 339-341.
  • Mackay, E. A. (2005). Pseudo-Homerica. Art and epic in late archaic Athens. CLASSICAL REVIEW, 55 (2), 691-692. 10.1093/clrevj/bni376
  • Mackay, E. A. (2005). Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. Germany, vol 75, Mannheim, Reiss-Engelhorn museums, formerly Reiss museum, vol 2. CLASSICAL REVIEW, 55 (1), 339-341. 10.1093/clrevj/bni186

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

Building 810, Room 511A

University of Auckland

PB 92019

Auckland 1142

New Zealand

Primary location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 8, Room 822
14A SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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