Colin MacCormack

Instructor of Classics


  • PhD, Classics, University of Texas at Austin, 2020
  • MA, Classics, University of Texas at Austin, 2017
  • BA, Linguistics, Classical Studies, Rice University, 2013

Research Areas

  • Ancient Greek and Latin poetics
  • Animal studies and posthumanism
  • Mythology and folklore
  • Hellenistic and Roman epic and didactic
  • Classical reception


Colin MacCormack’s main research focuses on Greek and Latin poetry, especially epic and didactic from the Hellenistic and Roman Imperial periods. While trained as a classical philologist, Colin’s teaching, research and outreach intersect with a range of theoretical approaches, particularly posthumanism and animal studies, as well as the reception of the ancient world in popular media. His work on 18th and 19th Black scholars and educators in the South has been featured in the collaborative museum exhibition Black Classicists in Texas. He also hosts the podcast Movies We Dig, which discusses the reception of the history, myth and culture ancient Greece and Rome in popular film, television and video games.

Selected Publications

Forthcoming Publications:
  • “Knowledge, Fear and Snakes: The Influence of Nicander on Lucan’s Bellum Civile IX.” Classical Philology.
  •  “Imperial Zoology and Poetic Innovation in Pseudo-Oppian’s Cynegetica,” In S. Renker (ed.), Pseudo-Oppian’s Cynegetica: On the Hunt for Ethics and Poetics.  Franz Steiner Verlag.