Craig Arthur Williams


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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 at both the Humboldt-Universität and the Freie Universität in Berlin.

Williams' research interests include: gender and sexuality in Latin literature and in historical fiction set in ancient Rome; Roman friendship and its reception; animals and desire in Greek and Latin literature; Greek and Latin epigram. In his current book project, Williams explores how Native North American writers have used their knowledge of the languages, literatures, and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome in a wide range of texts from the 17th century until today. In support of this project he has been awarded fellowships from the U of I Center for Advanced Study (2017-2018) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (2018-2019).

Research Interests

Gender and sexuality in Latin literature; Latin epigram; animal studies; receptions of Roman sexuality; 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


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
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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Research Output

Hard Mistresses and Soft Books: The Semantics of Softness in the Poetry of Propertius

Williams, C. A., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Mollesses renaissantes: Défaillances et assouplissements du masculin . Maira, D. (ed.). Librairie Droz, (Cahiers d'Humanisme et Renaissance).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Orpheus in Massachusetts: A Native American Transformation of Greco-Roman Antiquity

Williams, C. A., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Antike ohne Ende: Erschließung von Rezeptionskonzepten antiker Texte . Helmrath, J. (ed.). de Gruyter, (Transformationen der Antike).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Friends, Romans, Errors: Moments in the Reception of amicitia

Williams, C. A., Feb 14 2018, Roman Error: Classical Reception and the Problem of Rome's Flaws. Dufallo, B. (ed.). Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The Poetry of Animals in Love. A Reading of Oppian’s Halieutica and Cynegetica

    Williams, C., Nov 19 2018, Antike Erzähl- und Deutungsmuster: Zwischen Exemplarität und Transformation. Finkmann, S., Behrendt, A. & Walter, A. (eds.). de Gruyter, p. 473-500

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The rhetoricity of gender and the ideal of mediocritas in Vitruvius's de Architectura

    Williams, C. A., Mar 1 2016, In : Arethusa. 49, 2, p. 227-249 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


    • 14 Invited talk
    • 1 Membership of committee

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