Gareth Williams

Violin family Professor
                                                    DEPARTMENT CHAIR, CLASSICS

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Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Classical Latin poetry, especially elegy
  • Silver Latin poetry
  • Senecan prose

Gareth Williams has taught at Columbia since 1992 after completing doctoral work at Cambridge (1990). His main publications have centered on Augustan poetry, especially Ovid’s exilic writings; and also on Seneca’s prose writings, including an edition of De Otio and De Breuitate Vitae (Cambridge 2003). Current work includes a sequence of writings on Seneca’s Natural Questions, but his current interests extend to Silver Latin literature more generally, especially Silver epic and also Roman philosophical/scientific development in the early empire. 

Selected Publications

‘Reading the waters: Seneca on the Nile in Natural Questions, Book 4a’, Classical Quarterly 57 (2007) 218-242.

‘Seneca on comets and ancient cometary theory in Natural Questions 7’, Ramus 36 (2007) 97-117.

‘Cold science: Seneca on hail and snow in Natural Questions 4B’. PCPhS 54 (2008) 209-236.

‘Politics and Narrative in Ovid’s Metamorphoses’, in P. E. Knox, ed., Blackwell Companion to Ovid (Oxford 2009) 154-169.

'Politics in Ovid', in W. J. Dominik and J. Garthwaite, eds., Writing Politics in Imperial Rome (Leiden 2009) 203-224.

‘A. E. Housman and Ovid’s Ibis’, in D. Butterfield and C. Stray, edd., A. E. Housman the Scholar (London 2009) 95-116.

The Cosmic Viewpoint: A Study of Seneca's 'Natural Questions'. Oxford: OUP, 2012.

Seeing Seneca Whole: Perspectives on Philosophy, Poetry and Politics (Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition 28) (with Katharina Volk). Leiden: Brill, 2006.

Seneca, De Otio, De Breuitate Vitae. Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics. Cambridge 2003.

The Curse of Exile: A Study of Ovid’s Ibis. Cambridge Philological Society Supplementary Volume 19, Cambridge 1996.

Banished Voices: Readings in Ovid's Exile Poetry. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994.