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Michael Stuart Williams

Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, 2005-2006

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During his one year here (Fall 2005-Spring 2006), Dr. Williams breathed new life into Willamette's ancient history program. A historian of Roman Late Antiquity, he wrote his dissertation on the use of biblical imagery in the late-antique lives of the saints. While at Willamette, he reworked these ideas into a book entitled "Authorised Lives in Early Christian Biography between Eusebius and Augustine" (Cambridge University Press, 2008). In addition, Dr. Williams taught a very popular survey on Roman history, a similarly well-enrolled course on the governing of the Roman Empire (accompanied by an advanced Latin reading class on the letters of Pliny the Younger), a class on Christian hagiography (Lives of the Desert Saints), and beginning Latin languages classes.

Before coming to Willamette, Dr. Williams spent a year helping to develop teaching materials for the Cambridge Latin Course. He also taught Roman history at the University of Cambridge, at Roehampton University, and at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He left Willamette to fill a two-year sabbatical replacement post at his alma mater, the University of Cambridge in the UK. In 2008, Dr. Williams took up a permanent position at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.


  • M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. King's College, University of Cambridge (UK)

Select Publications

Authorised Lives in Early Christian Biography between Eusebius and Augustine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008 (ISBN 978-0-521-89490-6).

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