707 S. Mathews
Urbana, IL 61801
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 epigraphy; animals and desire in Greek and Latin literature; Greek and Latin epigram; Native American writing on Greco-Roman antiquity.
In his current book project, tentatively entitled Whose Antiquity? Native Writers of North America on Ancient Greece and Rome, 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 make a variety of references to Greco-Roman 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 but, cumulatively and collectively, they have included Greco-Roman antiquity in a broad vision of human history as seen from North America, and some of them have invoked the "classical" antiquity of Euro-American culture in order to "talk back" in response to narratives of Native barbarism or savagery. In support of this project Williams has been awarded fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany), the Morphomata Center for Advanced Study at the University of Cologne (Germany), the U of I Center for Advanced Study, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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
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)
Awards and Honors
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
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)
Additional Campus Affiliations
Professor, Program in Translation and Interpreting Studies
Williams, C. A. (2021). Homosexuality, Male. In T. Whitmarsh (Ed.), Oxford Classical Dictionary: Digital Edition Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199381135.013.3142
Williams, C. A. (2021). Sémantique de la mollesse dans la poésie de Properce. In D. Maira (Ed.), Mollesses renaissantes: Défaillances et assouplissement du masculin (pp. 31-53). (Cahiers d'Humanisme et Renaissance; No. 171). Librairie Droz.
Williams, C. A. (2021). The Risks of Riding a Dolphin: A Motif in Some Greek and Roman Narratives of Animal-Human Love. In K. Hsu, D. Schur, & B. Sowers (Eds.), The Body Unbound: Literary Approaches to the Classical Corpus (The New Antiquity). Palgrave Macmillan.
Williams, C. A. (Accepted/In press). Orpheus in Massachusetts: A Native American Transformation of Greco-Roman Antiquity. In J. Helmrath (Ed.), Antike ohne Ende: Erschließung von Rezeptionskonzepten antiker Texte (Transformationen der Antike). de Gruyter.
Williams, C. A. (2018). Friends, Romans, Errors: Moments in the Reception of amicitia. In B. Dufallo (Ed.), Roman Error: Classical Reception and the Problem of Rome's Flaws (pp. 53-73). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198803034.003.0004