Casey Dué Hackney
Department of Modern and Classical Languages
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3784

CURRENT POSITION: Professor and Director of Classical Studies, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, University of Houston; Executive Editor, Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, D.C.

SPECIAL INTERESTS: (1) Homeric poetry (2) Greek oral traditions (3) Greek tragedy (4) textual criticism


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 1996-2001
– M.A. in Classical Philology 1998; Ph.D. in Classical Philology 2001

American School for Classical Studies, Athens, Summer Session 1998

Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 1992-1996
– B.A. in Latin and Greek, magna cum laude with departmental honors and Phi Beta Kappa 1996


“Editing as a Discovery Process: Accessing centuries of scholarship in one 10th-century manuscript of theIliad.” National Endowment for the Humanities and Center for Hellenic Studies. Principal Investigator: Casey Dué Hackney. (2013-2016; $426,115)

“Who Owns the Past?” National Endowment for the Humanities. Principal Investigator: Casey Dué Hackney. (Academic Year 2012-2013; $20,881)

University of Houston Teaching Excellence Provost’s Core Award 2011

University of Houston Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship 2010

“The Oral Poetics of the Homeric Doloneia.” National Endowment for the Humanities. Principal Investigators: Casey Dué Hackney and Mary Ebbott. (Academic Year 2007-8; $80,000)

“The Homer Multitext.” University of Houston Grant to Enhance and Advance Research. Principal Investigator: Casey Dué Hackney. (Academic Year 2006-7; $30,000)

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award 2004


The Homer Multitext Project (ed., with Mary Ebbott). Center for Hellenic Studies, on-going.

Achilles Unbound. Washington, DC and Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (forthcoming.)

*“The Homer Multitext and the System of Homeric Epic” (with Mary Ebbott). Classics@ 14 (2016):

*“Get in Formation, This is an Emergency: The Politics of Choral Song and Dance in Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and Spike Lee’s Chi-raq.” Arion 24 (2016): 111–144.

“Helen, Counter-Ambush Expert” (with Mary Ebbott). Classical Inquiries (May 1, 2016):

“Rediscovering Homer: Manuscript Digitization, the Homer Multitext project, and Two Eleventh-Century Manuscripts of the Iliad in the Escorial” (with C. Blackwell, M. Ebbott, & N. Smith). In C. Brockmann, D. Deckers, L. Koch, S. Valente (eds.), Teuchos: Handschriften- und Textforschung heute. Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 2014 (2-10).

“Jonathan S. Burgess, The Death and Afterlife of Achilles” (Review). Hermathena 188 (2010, appeared 2013): 71-76.

Mothers-in-Arms: Soldiers’ Emotional Bonds and Homeric Similes” (with Mary Ebbott). War, Literature & the Arts 24 (2012).

Homeric Scholia and the Multitextuality of the Iliad” (with Mary Ebbott). In V. Bers, D. Elmer, and L. Muellner, eds. Donum natalicium digitaliter confectum Gregorio Nagy septuagenario a discipulis collegis familiaribus oblatum: A Virtual Birthday Gift Presented to Gregory Nagy on Turning Seventy by his Students, Colleagues, and Friends. Center for Hellenic Studies, 2012.

“Lament as Speech Act in Sophocles.” In K. Ormand, ed., A Companion to Sophocles. Oxford: Blackwell, 2012 (236–250).

“Maneuvers in the dark of night: Iliad 10 in the twenty-first century.” In F. Montanari, A. Rengakos, and C. Tsagalis, eds., Homeric Contexts: Neoanalysis and the Interpretation of Oral Poetry. Walter de Gruyter, 2011 (165–173).

Iliad 10 and the Poetics of Ambush: A Multitext Edition with Essays and Commentary (with Mary Ebbott). Washington, DC and Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010.

“Agamemnon’s Densely-packed Sorrow in Iliad 10: A Hypertextual Reading of a Homeric Simile.” In C. Tsagalis, ed., Homeric HypertextualityTrends in Classics 2 (2010): 279-299.

 Recapturing a Homeric Legacy: Images and Insights from the Venetus A Manuscript of the Iliad (ed.).Washington, DC and Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009.

Digital Criticism: Editorial Standards for the Homer Multitext.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 3.1 (Winter, 2009).

Digital Images of Iliad Manuscripts from the Marciana Library” (ed.,with Christopher Blackwell, Mary Ebbott, and Neel Smith). First Drafts@Classics@ (10/2007).

Oral Poetics and the Homeric Doloneia” (with Mary Ebbott). First Drafts@Classics@ (edition of 7/11/2007).

“Learning Lessons From The Trojan War: Briseis and the Theme of Force.” College Literature 34 (2007): 229-262.

The Invention of Ossian.” Classics@ 3 (2006).

The Captive Woman’s Lament in Greek Tragedy. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006.

“Homer’s Post-Classical Legacy.” In J. M. Foley, ed., A Companion to Ancient Epic. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005.

“Achilles, Mother Bird: Similes and Traditionality in Homeric Poetry.” Classical Bulletin 81 (2005): 3-18.

“Illuminating the Classics with the Heroes of Philostratus” (with Gregory Nagy). In E. Aitken and J. Maclean, eds., Philostratus: Heroikos, Religion, and Cutural Identity. Atlanta, Ga.: Society of Biblical Literature, 2004.

“Amor, pérdida, y nostalgia in Los persas de Eschilo.” In A. M. G. de Tobia, ed., Ética y Estética. De Grecia a la modernidad. Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina, 2004.

As Many Homers As You Please: An On-line Multitext of Homer.” (with Mary Ebbott). Classics@ 2 (2004).

“What is Oral Poetry? Ancient Greek Oral Genres.” Oral Tradition 18 (2003): 62-64.

“Preliminaries to Philostratus’ On Heroes” (with Gregory Nagy). In E. Aitken and J. Maclean, eds., Philostratus: On Heroes. Atlanta, Ga.: Society of Biblical Literature, 2003.

Homeric Variations on a Lament by Briseis. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2002.

“Achilles’ Golden Amphora in Aeschines’ Against Timarchus and the Afterlife of Oral Tradition.” Classical Philology 96 (2001): 33-47. [Reprinted in Greek Literature, Volume I: The Oral Traditional Background of Ancient Greek Literature. ed. G. Nagy. New York: Routledge, 2001.]

Sunt Aliquid Manes: Homer, Plato, and Alexandrian Allusion in Propertius 4.7.” Classical Journal 96 (2001): 401-413.

“Tragic History and Barbarian Speech in Sallust’s Jugurtha.” Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 100 (2000): 311-325.

Poetry and the Demos: State Regulation of a Civic Possession.” Stoa Consortium (2000). [Reprinted in Greek Literature, Volume V: Greek literature in the Classical period: The Prose of Historiography and Oratory. ed. G. Nagy. New York: Routledge, 2001.]

“Performance and Performer: The Role of Tradition in Oral Epic Song.” Milman Parry Collection (1999).