William Johnson

William Johnson

Professor of Classical Studies

(919) 684-2082
Office Hours: 

Office hours TuTh 3:00-4:00 PM, by chance, or by appointment 
Office Location: Allen 229B

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. 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)

Ancient Literacies.: Oxford University Press, May 26, 2011. Full Text

Johnson, W. "The Second Sophistic: Periodicity and Scope." The Oxford Handbook to the Second Sophistic. Ed. W Johnson and D Richter. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. 1-10. (Chapter)

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

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

Johnson, WA. "Libraries and Reading Culture in the High Empire." Ancient Libraries. Ed. G Woolf. Cambridge University 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, 3: The documentary Texts (Beinecke P.CtYBR inv. 5058, 5059, 5060, 5061, 5062, 5063)." Zeitschrift Fur Papyrologie Und Epigraphik 206 (January 1, 2018): 157-178.

Johnson, WA. "Isidora to afollonia: A private letter in the beinecke collection (P.CtYBR inv. 5044)." Zeitschrift Fur Papyrologie Und Epigraphik 206 (January 1, 2018): 154-156.

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

"Pliny epistle 9.36 and Demosthenes' cave." Classical World 106.4 (June 1, 2013): 665-688. (Review)

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

WILLIAM A. JOHNSON, . "TEACHING THE CHILDREN HOW TO READ: THE SYLLABARY." The Classical Journal 106.4 (2011): 445-445. Full Text