William Johnson

Professor of Classical Studies

External address: 
236 Allen Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90103, Durham, NC 27708-0103
(919) 684-2082
Office Hours: 

Fall 2017 Mon & Wed 11:15

William A. Johnson works broadly in the cultural history of Greece and Rome, with particular interest in ancient books, readers, and reading, and with a general interest in how literary pursuits intersect with cultural context in antiquity.

Education & Training:

  • Ph.D., Yale University 1992

Oxford Handbook to the Second Sophistic (Accepted). Ed. W Johnson and D Richter. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. (Edited Book)

Johnson, W. The Essential Herodotus. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. (Monograph)

Johnson, W. Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome. Ed. WA Johnson and H Parker. Oxford University Press, 2009. (Edited Book)

Johnson, WA. Bookrolls and scribes in oxyrhynchus. January 1, 2003.

Johnson, WA. "Learning to Read and Write." Blackwell’s Companion to Ancient Education. Ed. M Bloomer. 2015.

Johnson, WA. "Libraries and Reading Culture in the High Empire." Ancient Libraries. Ed. G Woolf. Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Johnson, WA. "Bookrolls as media." Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era. January 1, 2013. 101-124.

Johnson, WA. "Ancient Bookrolls as Media." Making Critique: A New Paradigm. Ed. K Hayles and J Pressman. University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Johnson, WA. "The Ancient Book." The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology. Ed. R Bagnall. Oxford University Press, 2009.

Johnson, WA. ""Books," "Literacy," "Readers and Reading"." Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. 2009.

Johnson, WA. "Constructing Elite Reading Communities in the High Empire." Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome. 2009. (Chapter) Full Text

Johnson, WA. "The Posidippus Papyrus: Bookroll and Reader." The New Posidippus: A Hellenistic Poetry Book. Ed. K Gutzwiller. Oxford University Press, 2005.

Johnson, WA. "Greek Electronic Resources and the Lexicographical Function." Biblical Greek Language and Lexicography. Eerdmans, 2004. 75-84.

Johnson, WA. "Reading cultures and education." Reading Between the Lines: New Perspectives on Foreign Language Literacies. Ed. P Patrikis. Yale University Press, 2002.


Johnson, WA. "Ptolemaic Mummy Stuffings: An Intriguing Ptolemaic Scholar’s Text in the Yale Collection (P.CtYBR 5018)." Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 62.1 (January 1, 2016): 1-19. Full Text Open Access Copy

Johnson, WA. "Pliny Epistle. 9.36 and Demosthenes' Cave." Classical World (2013): 665-668.

Johnson, WA. "Cicero and Tyrannio: Mens addita videtur meis aedibus (ad Atticum iv.8.2)." Classical World 105.4 (2012): 471-477. (Academic Article)

Johnson, WA. "Teaching the Children How to Read: The Syllabary." Classical Journal 103 (2010): 445-463. (Academic Article)

Johnson, WA. "Hesiod's Theogony: Reading the Proem as a Priamel." Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 46 (2008): 231-235. (Academic Article)

Johnson, WA. "Review of Larry W. Hurtado, The Earliest Christian Artifacts: Manuscripts and Christian Origins (Eerdmans 2006)." Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 44 (2007): 249-251. (Review)