Sarah Murray

Assistant Professor (Greek History and Material Culture)
PhD, Classics (Stanford University)
BA, Classical Archaeology (Dartmouth College)

Contact Information

Email:  sc.murray@utoronto.ca
Phone: (416) 978-8716
Room: LI 123A

Bio, Research, and Publications

Sarah Murry is a cultural historian and archaeologist specializing in the material culture and institutions of early Greece, especially the history of exchange between Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean and the origin of Greek economic institutions.

She completed her BA in Classical Archaeology at Dartmouth College in 2004, then received a PhD in Classics from Stanford University in 2013. A revised version of her doctoral thesis, a study of imported exotica in the Greek archaeological record from the transition from the Bronze to the Iron Age and their implications for our understanding of the development of the early Greek economy, was published this spring (April 2017) by Cambridge University Press. She is now working on a second book project, and shorter writings on 12th century Greek mortuary practice, rules and order in Greek athletics, the fortress of Eleutherai in Attica, nudity in early Greek literature and art, and tools in the archaeological record are in various stages of progress.

When not in front of her computer or a classroom, Sarah can often be found exploring sites and pre-modern economic processes (and sometimes chasing exotic bird species) in Greece, the wider Mediterranean, and beyond. During her grad school years she worked as a teaching assistant on two 10-week foreign study programs led by her former Dartmouth professors and participated in archaeological excavations and surveys in the Nemea Valley and Korfos/Kalamianos on the Saronic Harbor. Currently, she is working on architectural documentation and photogrammetry for the Asphendou cave project in West Crete, where they are documenting speleological engravings, and the Mazi Archaeological Project in Attica, a survey of the long-term history of a mountain plain on the Attic/Boeotian border.

Specialization: Greek History and Material Culture

Detailed CV