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Craig Williams (BA Yale 1986, MA and MPhil Yale 1990, PhD Yale 1992) is the author of Roman Homosexuality (Oxford University Press 1999; revised edition 2010), a commentary on Book 2 of Martial’s epigrams (Oxford University Press 2004), A Martial Reader (Bolchazy-Carducci 2011), Reading Roman Friendship (Cambridge University Press 2012), and numerous articles and reviews on Latin literature and Roman culture and their reception. Before coming to Illinois, Williams was on the faculty of Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of CUNY for many years. He has also taught at the Freie Universität Berlin and Columbia University, and he has several times been a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, researching in Berlin at both the Humboldt-Universität and the Freie Universität. Williams' research and teaching interests include: gender and sexuality in ancient Greek and Latin literature; friendship in Latin literature and inscriptions (especially epitaphs); animals and desire in Greek and Latin literature; Greek and Latin epigram; Native American writing on Greco-Roman antiquity.

In his current book project, Adopting an Antiquity: Native Writers of North America on Greco-Roman Antiquity, Williams brings together, for the first time, over eighty indigenous writers of North America from the 17th century to today. Belonging to tribes across the continent and writing in a range of genres, these writers incorporate Greco-Roman antiquity -- to use the language of traditional Native cultural practices, they adopt that antiquity -- even as they assert their own indigeneity, and with it their people's own still-living antiquity. These writers have negotiated the relationship between the two antiquities in a range of ways in a process that is still ongoing, but many of them have included Greece and Rome within a broad vision of human history, and some have invoked the "classical" antiquity of Euro-American culture in order to "write back" in response to narratives of Native barbarism or savagery. In support of this project Williams has been awarded fellowships from the U of I Center for Advanced Study, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany), and the Morphomata Center for Advanced Study at the University of Cologne (Germany).

Research Interests

Gender and sexuality; friendship; epigram; animal studies; receptions of Roman sexuality, especially in historical fiction; Native American receptions of the Greco-Roman classics


Yale University, PhD in Classical Languages and Literatures 1992
Yale University, MA and MPhil in Classical Languages and Literatures 1990
Yale College, BA summa cum laude in Classical Languages and Literatures 1986

Honors & Awards

Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, Fifth Annual Distinguished Lecturer, 2014
University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study, Associate for 2017-2018
Leonard and Claire Tow Endowed Professorship, Brooklyn College, 2006-2008
Ethyle Wolfe Institute for the Humanities at Brooklyn College, Research Fellowship, 2000-2001
Outstanding Academic Title for 1999, Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
John Addison Porter Prize for an outstanding dissertation in the humanities, Yale University, 1992


Morphomata Center for Advanced Study, University of Cologne, Germany (2020)

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship (2018-2019)

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Research Fellowships at the Freie Universität and Humboldt-Universität, Berlin, Germany 1999-2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2020

PSC-CUNY Research Award (1993-1994)


LAT 302 (Ovid's Metamorphoses)
LAT 411/511 (Intermediate and Advanced Latin Prose Composition)
LAT 491 (Martial and Latin Epigram)
LAT 491 (Roman Friendship)
LAT 520 (Apuleius' Metamorphoses)
LAT 520 (Petronius' Satyricon)
LAT 520 (Survey of Latin Literature)
LAT 580 (Propertius)
CLCV/CWL 220 (Animals in Literature)
CLCV/CWL 490 (Topics in Classical Literature: The Animal Self)
CLCV 240 / CWL 262 / GWS 240 (Sex and Gender in Antiquity)

Office Address

4032 FLB
707 S. Mathews
M/C 174
Urbana, IL 61801

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