Lindsay Driediger-Murphy, DPhil
Undergraduate Program Director
The best way to contact me is by email.
I completed a BA (Hons.) in Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Calgary (2005), followed by an MPhil (2007) and DPhil (2011) in Ancient History at the University of Oxford, UK. These studies were supported by funding from the Government of Alberta, Government of Canada, and the Faculty of Classics and University College, Oxford.
I taught as a Stipendiary College Lecturer in Ancient History at Oriel and Jesus Colleges (University of Oxford, 2011-2013) before joining the University of Calgary's Department of Classics and Religion in 2014.
I am currently the Department's Local Representative for the Classical Association of Canada, and a member of the Classical Association of Canada's Equity Committee.
I am a member of the editorial board of Phoenix.
Areas of Research
My research interests include Roman divination, ancient theologies, interactions between religions in antiquity, and Greek and Latin historiography.
I have published in such journals as Classical Quarterly; Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies; Phoenix; and Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik.
My monograph Roman Republican Augury: Freedom and Control, and an edited volume, Ancient Divination and Experience (co-edited with Professor Esther Eidinow) are available from Oxford University Press.
My current research projects include a study of 'The Nature of Roman Gods', which was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
|Course number||Course title||Semester|
|RELS 385||Pagans and Christians||For my current course schedule, check the Classics and Religion website|
|GRST 205||Introduction to Greece and Rome||For my current course schedule, check the Classics and Religion website|
|GRST 315||Sexuality and Gender in Pre-Modern Mediterranean Society||For my current course schedule, check the Classics and Religion website|
|GRST 499||Topics in Ancient and Medieval Historiography||For my current course schedule, check the Classics and Religion website|
|GRST 345||The Roman Empire||For my current course schedule, check the Classics and Religion website|
|GRST 504||Honours Thesis||For my current course schedule, check the Classics and Religion website|
- 'Numa and Jupiter: Whose Smile Is It, Anyway?'. Classical Quarterly. 71.1: 259-75. (2021)
- Roman Republican Augury: Freedom and Control. Oxford University Press. (2019)
- Ancient Divination and Experience. Co-edited with Esther Eidinow. Oxford University Press. (2019)
- 'Unsuccessful Sacrifice in Roman State Divination'. In: L. G. Driediger-Murphy and E. Eidinow (eds.), Ancient Divination and Experience. Oxford University Press. 178-99. (2019)
- 'Divination as a Liability in Pompey's Civil War'. Hermathena. Nos. 196/197: 97-117. (2018)
- 'Do Not Examine, But Believe? A Classicist's Perspective on Teresa Morgan's Roman Faith and Christian Faith'. Religious Studies. 54.4: 568-76. (2018)
- 'Falsifying the Auspices in Republican Politics'. In: H. van der Blom, C. Gray, and C. Steel (eds.), Institutions and Ideology in Republican Rome. Cambridge University Press. 183-202. (2018)
- 'Gods Contrary to Nature: A Theological Debate Between Pagans and Christians'. Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies. 57.3: 660-86. (2017)
- 'Theology as a Historiographic Tool in Dionysius of Halicarnassus'. Phoenix. 68.3-4: 330-49. (2014)
- 'M. Valerius Messala to Teos (Syll.3 601) and the Theology of Rome's War with Antiochus III'. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. 189: 115-20. (2014)
Graduate Teaching and Supervision
I am not currently accepting MA and PhD students. To enquire about supervision, visit: https://grad.ucalgary.ca/future-students/supervisor/lindsay-driediger-murphy
I enjoy giving free public lectures to community groups. During the ongoing global pandemic I can give lectures online. Please email me if you are interested in requesting one.
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