William Johnson

William Johnson

Professor of Classical Studies

(919) 684-2082
Office Hours: 

Office hours Tu 3-4:30 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

Johnson, W., and D. Richter, editors. Oxford Handbook to the Second Sophistic. Oxford University Press, 2017.

Johnson, W. The Essential Herodotus. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Johnson, W. A. Readers and Reading Culture in the High Roman Empire: A Study of Elite Communities. 2010, pp. 1–288. Scopus, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176407.001.0001. Full Text

Johnson, W. Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome. Edited by W. A. Johnson and H. Parker, Oxford University Press, 2009.

Johnson, W. A. Bookrolls and scribes in oxyrhynchus. 2003, pp. 1–414.

Johnson, W. “The Second Sophistic: Periodicity and Scope.” The Oxford Handbook to the Second Sophistic, edited by W. Johnson and D. Richter, Oxford University Press, 2017, pp. 1–10.

Johnson, W. A. “Learning to Read and Write.” Blackwell’s Companion to Ancient Education, edited by M. Bloomer, 2015.

Johnson, W. A. “Bookrolls as media.” Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era, edited by N Kathrine Hayles and Jessica Pressman, 2013, pp. 101–24.

Johnson, W. A. “Libraries and Reading Culture in the High Empire.” Ancient Libraries, edited by Greg Woolf, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Johnson, W. A. “The Ancient Book.” The Oxford Handbook of Papyrology, edited by Roger Bagnall, Oxford University Press, 2009.

Johnson, W. A. “"Books," "Literacy," "Readers and Reading".” Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, 2009.

Johnson, W. A. “Constructing Elite Reading Communities in the High Empire.” Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome, 2009. Manual, doi:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199793983.003.0013. Full Text

Johnson, W. A. “The Posidippus Papyrus: Bookroll and Reader.” The New Posidippus: A Hellenistic Poetry Book, edited by Kathryn Gutzwiller, Oxford University Press, 2005.

Johnson, W. A. “Greek Electronic Resources and the Lexicographical Function.” Biblical Greek Language and Lexicography, Eerdmans, 2004, pp. 75–84.

Johnson, W. A. “Reading cultures and education.” Reading Between the Lines: New Perspectives on Foreign Language Literacies, edited by P. Patrikis, Yale University Press, 2002.


Johnson, W. A. “Ptolemaic mummy stuffings, 3: The documentary Texts (Beinecke P.CtYBR inv. 5058, 5059, 5060, 5061, 5062, 5063).” Zeitschrift Fur Papyrologie Und Epigraphik, vol. 206, Jan. 2018, pp. 157–78.

Johnson, W. A. “Isidora to afollonia: A private letter in the beinecke collection (P.CtYBR inv. 5044).” Zeitschrift Fur Papyrologie Und Epigraphik, vol. 206, Jan. 2018, pp. 154–56.

Johnson, W. “Imperial Pantomime and Satoshi Miyagi’s Medea.” Didaskalia, vol. 13, 2017, pp. 76–90. Open Access Copy

Johnson, W. A. “Ptolemaic mummy stuffings: An intriguing ptolemaic Scholar's text in the yale collection (P.CtYBR 5018).” Archiv Fur Papyrusforschung Und Verwandte Gebiete, vol. 62, no. 1, Aug. 2016, pp. 1–19. Scopus, doi:10.1515/apf-2016-0001. Full Text Open Access Copy

Johnson, W. A. “Ptolemaic Mummy Stuffings, 2: A Comic Fragment and Grammatical Text in the Yale Collection (P. CtYBR inv. 5019, 5043).” Zeitschrift Fur Papyrologie Und Epigraphik, vol. 199, Jan. 2016, pp. 7–15. Open Access Copy

Johnson, W. A. “Pliny Epistle. 9.36 and Demosthenes' Cave.” Classical World, 2013, pp. 665–68.

Johnson, W. A. “Cicero and tyrannio: Mens addita videtur meis aedibus (ad atticum 4.8.2).” Classical World, vol. 105, no. 4, June 2012, pp. 471–77. Scopus, doi:10.1353/clw.2012.0032. Full Text

Johnson, W. “Voice in the whirlwind.” Georgia Review, vol. 66, no. 1, Mar. 2012, pp. 90–103.

Johnson, W. A. “Review of Roger Bagnall, Everyday Writing in the Graeco-Roman East.” Basp, vol. 49, 2012.