James S. Murray

Professor and Chair

James S. MurrayJames Murray joined the Department of Classics and Ancient History in September 1984, after completing his PhD in the Program of Ancient Philosophy in the Departments of Classics and Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. His continuing research and teaching interests include the social and intellectual history of Classical Athens, in particular the interaction between Socrates/Plato and the Sophists, and the role and position of women in Ancient Athens; the twentieth-century archaeological search for the ancient Academy; and the rise of the early Christian Church. During his time at UNBF, Dr. Murray has been active as an academic administrator — serving both as Chair of the Department of Classics and Ancient History (1990-2003) and as Dean of the Faculty of Arts (2005-2013). For more than two decades Dr. Murray lectured in the first-year ARTS 1000 program. He led the faculty’s first Travel Study Program (Greece 1990) and has continued to lead both student and alumni trips to Greece, Turkey, and the Eastern Mediterranean (the most recent was a student trip to Greece in May 2013). Beyond the University, Dr. Murray co-founded the Atlantic Classical Association in 1986, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute in Greece from 2007 to 2009, and served as President of the Classical Association of Canada from 2006 to 2008. Currently, Dr. Murray’s research work is concentrated on a book detailing the ancient and medieval testimonia of the ancient Academy, and on several articles describing the search for the Academy under the streets of modern Athens. His teaching includes courses in classical Greek at all levels, in the intellectual and social history of classical Athens, and in the background of early Christianity.


BA (Political Science, UNB); MA (Classics, UNB); PhD (Classics and Philosophy, Pittsburgh)

Selected Publications

Edited Books

  •  “What's Cooking”: A Festschrift in Celebration of the Seventy-fifth Birthday of Mary Ella Milham. (ed. with Introduction) Fredericton, 1997.
  •  “Through Him Who Strengthens Me”: Selected Shorter Writings and Sermons of Stuart Eldon Murray. (ed. with Introduction) Baptist Heritage in Atlantic Canada: Documents and Studies, Volume XI. Hantsport, N.S., 1990.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • “Enchanted by the Search: “Post-war Efforts’ in the Search for Plato’s Academy (1955-1963)”, Mouseion (under review).
  • “Searching for Plato’s Academy, 1929-1940” — Mouseion 6 (2006) 219-256.
  • “Urban Earthquake Imagery and Divine Judgement in John’s Apocalypse” — Novum Testamentum 47 (2005) 142-161.
  • “Plato on Power, Moral Responsibility and the Alleged Neutrality of Gorgias’ Rhetoric (Gorgias 456c-457b)” — Philosophy and Rhetoric XXXIV (2001) 355-363.

Book Chapter

  • “Continuing to Map the Road to the Academy” in A Festschrift in Memory of Frederick E. Winter (forthcoming) Athens 2014

Book Reviews

  • A Review of Prudes, Perverts, and Tyrants: Plato’s Gorgias and the Politics of Shame by Christiana H. Tarnopolsky, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010. Mouseion 10 (2010) 451-453.
  • A Review of A Companion to Plato, edited by H. H. Benson. Malden, MA and Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2006, Classical Review 58.1 (2006) 56-58.
  • A Review of On Site: Canadian Archaeologists in Greece, Athens, Motibo, 2005, Mouseion 6 (2006) 272-274.
  • A Review of Reason and Religion in Socratic Philosophy, edited by N. D. Smith and P. B. Woodruff. Oxford University Press, 2000. Bryn Mawr Classical Review, http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/bmcr/ (2002.04.10)

Contact Information:

James S. Murray

Office: Carleton 240
Phone: (506) 458-7511