William Johnson

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

Johnson, WA. "Percolare" and "percolere"." Thesaurus linguae Latinae. 1994. cols. 1215-1217.

Johnson, WA. "Is Oratory Written on Narrower Columns? A Papyrological Rule of Thumb Reviewed." Proceedings of the 20th International Congress of Papyrology (Copenhagen). 1993. 423-427.


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)

Johnson, WA. "The Story of the Papyri of the Villa dei Papiri." Journal of Roman Archaeology 19 (2006): 493-496. (Academic Article)

Johnson, WA. "Review of Musique et poésie dans l’ antiquité (ed. G.-J. Pinault)." Classical Review 53 (2003): 463-464. (Review)

Johnson, WA. "P.Hibeh II 193 (Iliad VI 4-7)." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 139 (2002): 1-2. (Academic Article)

Johnson, WA. "Toward a sociology of reading in classical antiquity." American Journal of Philology 121 (2000): 593-627. (Academic Article)

Johnson, WA. "New instrumental music from Graeco-Roman Egypt." Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 37 (2000): 17-36. (Academic Article)

Johnson, WA. "Musical Evenings in the Early Empire: New Evidence from a Greek Papyrus with Musical Notation." Journal of Hellenic Studies 120 (2000): 57-85. (Academic Article)