Kathryn Williams

Chair/Associate ProfessorCo-Director, Institute for Classical and Medieval Studies

Ph.D. Classics, University of Virginia
M.A. Classics, University of Virginia
B.A. History (Ancient), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

willia94@canisius.edu 2713 Office: CT 602

Dr. Williams’ research focuses primarily on Latin historiography and Roman diplomacy, especially the historical and literary role of envoys in the works of Tacitus, Sallust, and Caesar. She teaches the language and literature of Latin prose authors (history, letters, orators, novels) and Latin elegy, epic, and satire. Teaching Homer, Greek tragedy, and Greek historians in Greek is an occasional treat. Greek History, Roman History, Roman Law and Society, Mythology and Literature, and Greek and Roman Tragedy –courses not requiring knowledge of Greek or Latin - are additional courses Dr. Williams has regularly taught. In all her courses, she encourages students to appreciate the relevance of the classical world to their lives today, from our democracy and concepts of justice, law, and international relations, to literature, religion, art, philosophy, sports, sexuality, modern languages, etc. The interdisciplinary nature of Classics allows students to learn about the foundational contributions of ancient Greeks and Romans to western civilization, but it also enables them to explore, question, and deepen their understanding of essential elements of all humanity.

Outside the classroom Dr. Williams advises the Classics Club and Eta Sigma Phi (Classics Honor Society) and regularly attends the Classics Department’s weekly Tea@2 to which the entire Canisius community is always welcome and where she delights in learning about the lives and interests – classical or otherwise – of students and colleagues. 

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  • Canisius College Mission and Identity Grant (for work on a course, “Caesar and Christ”)
  • Canisius College Dean of Arts & Sciences Travel Research Grant (for studying Ciceronian mss. in European libraries)
  • Canisius College Dean of Arts & Sciences Summer Grant
  • UNC-Greensboro Dean’s Merit Award for Teaching
  • Heather Hart-James Faculty Research Award (for work on envoys in Caesar’s Commentarii)


“Sallust’s Allobrogian Envoys” in At the Crossroads of Greco-Roman History, Culture, and Religion: Papers in Memory of Carin M. C. Green. Eds. S. W. Bell and L. L. Holland. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2018, 87-100

“Tacitus’ Senatorial Embassies of 69 CE,” in A Companion to Tacitus, ed. V E Pagán, Malden, MA-Oxford 2012, 212-236

“Amicus Caesaris: Vibius Crispus in the works of Juvenal and Tacitus,” in Latin Historiography and Poetry in the Early Empire: Generic Interactions, ed. J F Miller and A J Woodman, Leiden–Boston 2010, 171-187

“Tacitus’ Germanicus and the Principate,” Latomus 68 (2009) 117-130

“Pliny and the Murder of Larcius Macedo,” Classical Journal 101 (2006) 409-424