• Date of Birth: March 6, 1926
  • Born City: Glencoe
  • Born State/Country: IL
  • Parents: William J. & June Bennett Kerler
  • Date of Death: May 21, 2022
  • Death City: Boulder
  • Death State/Country: CO
  • Married: Edward Louis King, December 20, 1952
  • Education:

    B.A., Knox College, 1947; M.A., U. of Wisconsin, 1952; Ph.D., U. of Colorado, 1969.Edward Louis King, Dec. 20, 1952.

  • Dissertation:

    “Studies in Verbal Repetition in the Monobiblos of Propertius” (Colorado, 1969).

  • Professional Experience:

    Asso. prof. classics, U. of Colorado, 1968-94; chair, dept of classics, 1982-6; ed. Colorado Classics: A Newsletter, 1979-88; co-chair, Women’s Classical Caucus, 1983-4; pres., CAMWS, 1991-2.

  • Publications:

    “Propertius' Programmatic Poetry and the Unity of the Monobiblos,” CJ 71 (1975-6) 108-24; “Sophistication vs. Chastity in Propertius' Latin Love Elegy,” Helios 4 (1976) 69-76; “Propertius 2.1-12: His Callimachean Second Libellus,”Würzburger Jahrbücher für die Altertumswissenschaft, n.f. 6 (1980) 61-84; “The Two Galluses of Propertius' Monobiblos,” Philologus 124 (1980) 212-30; “Propertius 2,2. A Callimachaean multum in parvoWS n.f. 15 (1981) 169-84; “Propertius 2.9.52. A New Suggestion for morte ... tuaCP 76 (1981) 125-30; “Propertius 1.14. The Epic Power and Value of Love,” CW 75 (1982) 329-39; “Lucretius the Neoteric,” in Hypatia. Essays in Classics, Comparative Literature, and Philosophy Presented to Hazel E. Barnes on Her Seventieth Birthday, ed. William M. Calder III, U. K. Goldsmith, & P.B. Kenevan (Boulder: Colorado Assoc. U. Press, 1985) 27-43; “Catullus' Callimachean carmina, cc. 65-116,” CW 81 (1988) 383-92; “Erotodidaxis: iucunda uoluptas in Lucretius 2.3 and Propertius 1.10.3,” in Qui miscuit utile dulci: Festschrift essays for Paul Lachlan MacKendrick, ed. Gareth L. Schmeling & Jon D. Mikalson (Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci, 1998) 201-22.

    Festschrift: Woman’s Power, Man’s GameEssays on Classical Antiquity, ed. Mary deForest (Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci, 1993).


  • Notes:

    Joy King was a distinguished classicist, an inspirational teacher, a visionary leader, and a critical contributor to her department and university. She published widely on Roman poetry, focusing especially on Propertius, Catullus, and Lucretius. At CU she coordinated the beginning and intermediate Latin programs, taught Latin teaching methods, and helped prepare classics majors who were planning to dedicate themselves to secondary-level Latin teaching. Beyond she was the preeminent voice of Colorado Latin, devoting herself to supporting all Colorado Latin teachers with advice, training, and a frequent newsletter.

    The title of her Festschrifti, Woman’s Power, Man’s Game captures a salient feature of King’s career, for she navigated the academy and the field of classics in a period when it was largely closed to female faculty, and she did so in a way that commanded respect and authority even while pushing the rules of the game in the direction of civility and warmth. On her birthday in 2012 the department held a symposium to recognize and pay tribute to her many contributions. The department also establishedan award to commemorate the work of Joy alongside her longtime friend and fellow department member Barbara Hill. The Joy King-Barbara Hill Fellowship in the Teaching of Latin, first awarded in 2015, continues to play a role in fostering the love of Latin among emerging generations at CU that King herself kindled and fostered for 26 years. Her many contributions to the field were recognized by the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. Joy remained an active presence in Classics and at CU deep into her retirement.

    An interview is available at: : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1Y_uswmHYU a

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  • Sources:

    WhWhWest 22 (1989-90) 362.

    Photo source: University of Colorado.

  • Author: Dimitri Nakassis