Craig Williams

 Craig Williams

Contact Information

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

Office Hours

  • Thursdays 2:00-3:00 and by appointment
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Biography

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. His research interests include: gender and sexuality in Latin literature and in historical fiction set in ancient Rome; Roman friendship and its reception; animal-human relations in Greek and Latin literature. In his current book project, Orpheus Crosses the Atlantic, 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; he has recently been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship in support of this project. 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. While at Brooklyn College he was awarded a Leonard and Claire Tow Endowed Professorship, 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 has been appointed Associate of the University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study for 2017-2018.

Research Interests

  • Gender and sexuality in Latin literature; Latin epigram; animal studies; translation studies; Native American receptions of the Greco-Roman classics

Education

  • 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

Distinctions / 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

Grants

Courses

  • 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 (Origins of Western Literature: The Animal Self)
  • CLCV/CWL 490 (Topics in Classical Literature: The Animal Self)

Selected Publications

Book Contributions

Williams, Craig Roman Error: Classical Reception and the Problem of Rome’s Flaws Friends, Romans, Errors: Moments in the Reception of amicitia edited by Basil Dufallo. Roman Error: Classical Reception and the Problem of Rome’s Flaws Edited by Basil Dufallo, Oxford University Press 2017, p. 53-73.
Williams, Craig Ancient Rome and the Construction of Modern Homosexual Identities ’Too Gross for Our Present Notions of Propriety’: Roman Homosexuality in Two Nineteenth-Century Translations of Martial’s Epigrams edited by Jennifer Ingleheart. Ancient Rome and the Construction of Modern Homosexual Identities Edited by Jennifer Ingleheart, Oxford University Press 2015, p. 288-306.
Williams, Craig Ancient Rome and the Construction of Modern Homosexual Identities Roman Homosexuality in Historical Fiction from Robert Graves to Steven Saylor edited by Jennifer Ingleheart. Ancient Rome and the Construction of Modern Homosexual Identities Edited by Jennifer Ingleheart, Oxford University Press 2015, p. 176-193.
Williams, Craig A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities Sexual Themes in Greek and Latin Graffiti A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities Blackwell 2014, p. 493-508.
Williams, Craig Perpetua’s Passions. Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis Perpetua’s Gender. A Latinist Reads the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis edited by Jan Bremmer, edited by Marco Formisano. Perpetua’s Passions. Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis Edited by Jan Bremmer, Edited by Marco Formisano, Oxford University Press 2012, p. 54-77.
Williams, Craig Gender-Inszenierungen in der antiken Literatur Cessamus mimum componere? Performances of Gender in Petronius’ Satyricon edited by Marco Formisano, edited by Therese Fuhrer. Gender-Inszenierungen in der antiken Literatur Edited by Marco Formisano, Edited by Therese Fuhrer, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier 2010, p. 25-44.
Williams, Craig Epigramma longum. Da Marziale alla tarda antichità Epigrammata longa e strategie metapoetiche in Marziale edited by Alfredo Morelli. Epigramma longum. Da Marziale alla tarda antichità Edited by Alfredo Morelli, Università degli Studi di Cassino 2008, p. 217-233.
Williams, Craig Freundschaft und Gefolgschaft in den auswärtigen Beziehungen der Römer Friends of the Roman People. Some Remarks on the Language of amicitia edited by Altay Coskun. Freundschaft und Gefolgschaft in den auswärtigen Beziehungen der Römer Edited by Altay Coskun, Peter Lang 2008, p. 29-44.
Williams, Craig Wissensästhetik. Wissen über die Antike in ästhetischer Vermittlung Rom in der Postmoderne. Darstellungen der Antike in zwei historischen Romanen edited by E. Osterkamp. Wissensästhetik. Wissen über die Antike in ästhetischer Vermittlung Edited by E. Osterkamp, DeGruyter 2008, p. 325-344.
Williams, Craig Flavian Poetry Identified Quotations and Literary Models: The Example of Martial 2.41 edited by Ruurd Nauta. Flavian Poetry Edited by Ruurd Nauta, Brill 2005, p. 329-348.
Williams, Craig Queer Representations: Reading Lives, Reading Cultures Pudicitia and Pueri: Roman Concepts of Male Sexual Experience edited by Martin Duberman. Queer Representations: Reading Lives, Reading Cultures Edited by Martin Duberman, New York University Press 1997, p. 25-38.

Journal Articles

The Rhetoricity of Gender and the Ideal of mediocritas in Vitruvius' De architectura Arethusa 49 2 2016, p. 227-250.
The Meanings of Softness: Some Remarks on the Semantics of mollitia Eugesta: Journal on Gender Studies in Antiquity 3 2013, p. 240-263.
When a Dolphin Loves a Boy: Some Greco-Roman and Native American Love Stories Classical Antiquity 32 2013, p. 200-242.
Ovid, Martial, and Poetic Immortality: Traces of Amores 1.15 in the Epigrams Arethusa 35 2002, p. 417-433.
Sit nequior omnibus libellis. Text, Poet, and Reader in the Epigrams of Martial Philologus 146 2002, p. 150-171.
Greek Love at Rome Classical Quarterly 45 1995, p. 517-539.

Books

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Reading Roman Friendship Cambridge University Press 2012.
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A Martial Reader: Selections from the Epigrams Bolchazy-Carducci 2011.
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Roman Homosexuality (2nd edition) Oxford University Press 2010.
Martial: Epigrams, Book Two. Edited with Introduction, Text, Translation, and Commentary Oxford University Press 2004.
Roman Homosexuality: Ideologies of Masculinity in Classical Antiquity Oxford University Press 1999.

Reviews

Andrew Lear and Eva Cantarella, Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty: Boys Were Their Gods (Routledge 2008) Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009 2009.04.65 2009.
Rebecca Langlands, Sexual Morality in Ancient Rome (Cambridge 2006) Classical World 102 2009, p. 341-342.
Myles McDonnell, Roman Manliness: Virtus and the Roman Republic (Cambridge 2006) Journal of Roman Studies 98 2008, p. 204-205.
Christian Schöffel, ed., Martial Buch 8. Einleitung, Text, Übersetzung, Kommentar (Franz Steiner Verlag 2002). Classical Review 56 2006, p. 125-127.
Lindsay and Patricia Watson, eds., Martial: Select Epigrams (Cambridge University Press 2003) Classical Review 54 2004, p. 407-410.
Martha Nussbaum and Juha Sihvola, eds., The Sleep of Reason: Erotic Experience and Sexual Ethics in Ancient Greece and Rome (University of Chicago Press 2002) American Journal of Philology 99 2004, p. 86-89.
Thomas McGinn, Prostitution, Sexuality, and the Law in Ancient Rome (Oxford University Press 1998) Classical World 95 2002, p. 191-192.
John R. Clarke, Looking at Lovemaking: Constructions of Sexuality in Roman Art 100 B.C. – A.D. 250 (University of California Press 1998) GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 6 2000, p. 347-350.
Maria Wyke, ed., Parchments of Gender: Deciphering the Body in Antiquity (Oxford University Press 1998) American Historical Review 105 2000, p. 1360-1362.

In The News

  • Craig Williams is one of six University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been awarded National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships for 2018.