Seen on various lists (by John Hilton) … we await a more formal obituary:
The Classics discipline at UKZN (Howard College) regrets to announce the death of an eminent colleague. Dr. Steven Jackson (8/12/1946-26/5/2012) was lecturer and later senior lecturer at the University of Natal from 1989 to 2000. He obtained his M.A. at Queen’s University, Belfast, and his PhD at Trinity College, Dublin. He was widely respected as a researcher in the field of Hellenistic Poetry and published prolifically. His publications include: Creative Selectivity in Apollonius’ Argonautica (1993); Myrsilus of Methymna: Hellenistic Paradoxographer (1995), which is quoted in the Oxford Classical Dictionary, third edition, as the definitive study of this author’s work; Istrus the Callimachean (2000), and Mainly Apollonius: Collected Studies (2004). Steven had a wide range of interests outside Classical Scholarship. He was also interested in Conan Doyle’s character Sherlock Holmes, the P&O liners, and sport in all its forms.