Kathryn Williams, PhD Associate Professor, Classics Department

Kathryn Williams, PhD

Kathryn Williams, PhD, joined the Classics Department at Canisius College in 2006. Williams received her BA in History from UNC - Chapel Hill before returning to her native Virginia to earn advanced degrees in Classics at the University of Virginia. Williams’ research focuses primarily on Roman historiography and Latin prose. She has published on Sallust, Tacitus, and Pliny the Younger, and she most recently contributed chapters on the interrelationship between Tacitus’ works and Juvenal’sSatire 4 (Latin Historiography and Poetry in the Early Empire: Generic Interactions, Brill 2010) and on Tacitus’ senatorial embassies (A Companion to Tacitus, Blackwell 2012).


Current small projects focus on Cicero, Plautus, and various aspects of Roman law and society. Her major project is a monograph on Tacitean envoys, tentatively entitled, “Envoys and Emperors: Diplomacy in Tacitus’ Histories and Annals.”

Specialization: Historiography; Latin Prose; Roman Law and History.

Current Projects: Envoys in the Roman World; Tacitus’ Annals; Cicero’s Correspondence; Cicero’s Pro Cluentio