NEWS Dué Hackney awarded $276,115 grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded Casey Dué Hackney, professor and director of classical studies in the department of modern and classical languages at the University of Houston, $276,115 to study and fully publish for the first time a manuscript of the Homeric Iliad from the Middle Ages.

The grant is the largest award to a Texas-based scholar or institution in this funding cycle and comes with $150,000 in matching funds from Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., raising the total value to $426,115.

Over the next three years, Dué Hackney and her collaborator Mary Ebbott, an associate professor and chair of Holy Cross’ department of the classics, will use the NEH funds to prepare an online publication of a scholarly edition of a 10th-century manuscript of Homer’s Iliad, which is the oldest complete text of the Iliad known to be in existence. Both professors earned their doctorates at Harvard University and are co-editors of the Homer Multitext Project.

This is the second NEG grant awarded to Dué Hackney in 2012. In March, she was awarded an Enduring Questions: Pilot Course grant of $20,881 to develop and undergraduate course on the question, “Who owns the past?” 

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