Brian Walters

 Brian Walters

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4051 FLB
707 S Mathews Ave
M/C 174
Urbana, IL 61801
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Assistant Professor
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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.

His current book project, The Deaths of the Republic, examines the content and consequences of the often violent and morbid images of the body politic in late-republican literature and reveals the central role that these played in the political upheavals that ultimately sealed the republic’s doom. 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. 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. Some of his original poetry in the voice of Propertius and his translation of the opening of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura has recently appeared in Arion ("From Propertius" Arion 25.1: 37-8; "A Prayer for Peace" Arion 25.3: 111-12).

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

Research Interests

  • Latin Literature, Cicero and the Late Republic, Classical Reception

In The News

  • It is our great pleasure to announce that Professor Brian Walters, currently visiting, will be joining us permanently. He has just accepted our offer of a tenure-track position.