Brian Channing Walters

20052019
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Brian Walters (B.A. University of Missouri 1998, M.A. University of Kansas 2003, Ph.D UCLA 2011) is Assistant Professor of the Classics and Translation Studies. His research focuses on Latin of all periods, but with particular emphasis on Cicero and the literature of the late republic.

Research Interests

Latin Literature, Cicero and the Late Republic, Classical Reception

Professional Information

Professor Walters' current book project, The Deaths of the Republic (under contract with Oxford University Press), examines the often violent and morbid images of the body politic in late-republican literature and explores the role that these played in the political upheavals of the late-first century BCE.

His translation of Lucan’s Civil War  (Hackett, 2015) grew out of his interests in poetics, translation, and the gruesome metaphors through which the Romans continued to figure their traditional republic’s end. Other poetry and translation projects inspired by Lucretius and Propertius have appeared in recent issues of Arion (25.1 and 25.3).

His chapter titled “Reading Death and the Senses in Lucan and Lucretius,” in Synaesthesia and the Ancient Senses (eds. Shane Butler and Alex Purves, Acumen, 2013) explores the disturbing constellation of death, reading, and meta-poetic metaphor in scenes of dying in the Bellum Civile  and De Rerum Natura. His article “Cicero’s Silva (A Note on Att. 12.15)” in Classical Quarterly (63.1: 426-30, 2013) also addresses an issue of Roman metaphor. Another recent article, “The Publication and Delivery of Cicero’s Post Reditum ad Populum,” in TAPA  147.1: 79-100, 2017) argues that Cicero's speech to the people was pre-circulated in Italy before the orator's return to Rome. 

When not teaching advanced Latin, he frequently teaches classes on Neronian Literature, Roman Civ, and Roman Material Culture.

Office Address

4051 FLB
707 S Mathews Ave
M/C 174
Urbana, IL 61801

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corruption Social Sciences
rhetoric Social Sciences
death Social Sciences
narrative Social Sciences
health Social Sciences
Cicero Arts & Humanities
habits Social Sciences
Republican Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2005 2019

Sulla's Phthiriasis and the Republican Body Politic

Walters, B., Jan 1 2019, In : Mnemosyne. 72, 6, p. 949-971 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

corruption
rhetoric
death
narrative
health

The circulation and delivery of Cicero's Post Reditum ad Populum

Walters, B. C., Mar 1 2017, In : Transactions of the American Philological Association. 147, 1, p. 79-99 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

habits
Cicero
Oration
Habit
Republican

Lucan: Civil War

Walters, B. C. (Translator), Sep 2015, Hackett Publishing.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Reading Lucan's Light

Walters, B. C., 2015.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Cicero's silva (A note on Ad Atticum 12.15)

Walters, B. C., May 1 2013, In : Classical Quarterly. 63, 1, p. 426-430 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Attica
Cicero

Activities 2006 2016

  • 9 Invited talk
  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Publication peer-review
  • 1 Membership of committee

Bloomsbury Publishing (Publisher)

Brian Channing Walters (Peer reviewer)
2016

Activity: Editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Illinois Classical Studies (Journal)

Brian Channing Walters (Editorial board member)
2013 → …

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

Murdering the Fatherland

Brian Channing Walters (Invited speaker)
2014

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

The Birth of Venus

Brian Channing Walters (Invited speaker)
2013

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk