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Nadya Williams, Ph.D.

Fields of study: Greek and Roman military history, Late Antiquity

Dr. Williams was born in Russia, and grew up in Israel. These experiences have given her a passion for learning and teaching about the past. She is a military historian of the Greco-Roman world, and the co-editor (together with Nicola Foote, ASU) of Civilians and Warfare in World History (Routledge, 2017). In addition to publishing for academic audiences, she is passionate about writing for the general public about topics that connect the ancient world to the present. She has written for the History News Network, History Today Magazine, The Conversation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and is a regular contributor to the Anxious Bench and Current. She is currently completing a book on cultural Christians in the early churches from the New Testament era to the age of Augustine.

In her teaching, she focuses on helping students find their voice as historians and writers. Recent and upcoming course offerings include the introductory survey of World History to 1500, as well as upper-level and graduate courses on Excavating Antiquity, Jerusalem: 3,000 Years, History and Trauma, Greek and Roman Warfare, Ancient Israel, and Historiography.


Current projects

Cultural Christians in the Early Church, 1st-5th centuries CE. Under contract with Zondervan.

A Pastor for All Seasons: Cyprian and His Ministry in Roman Carthage, 248-258 CE. Book in initial stages of writing.

Co-edited volume (with Rebecca Kennedy, Jeffrey Rop, and Amit Shilo) on Aristotelian theory of catharsis as a category of historical analysis. This project began as a conference in February 2021.

Recent public writing

How the Pandemic Sparked an Academic Mother’s Writing Career.” Chronicle of Higher Education, April 2022.

Can Writing (And Reading) Military History Be an Act of Compassion? Current, April 2022.

Putin’s Heritage of Lethal Incompetence. Current, March 2022.

Deadly Cucumbers and Roof Tiles: The Lines Separating Civilians from Combat Have Always Been Blurred. History News Network, March 2022.

National Sins and Gag Orders. Current, March 2022.

Quitting Church for Lent? Why the Desert is Not the Answer. Anxious Bench, March 2022.

Russian Invasion of the Ukraine: Reflections from a Descendant of Ukrainian Jews. Anxious Bench, February 2022.

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2022: Historical and Theological Reflections. Anxious Bench, January 2022.

Questions That Plague Us. Current, January 2022.

Happy New Year, and Enjoy Your Bath

What Fruit do Universities Bear?

The Mensch on the Bench: Reflections on Commercializing Hanukkah in Modern America. Anxious Bench

Conspiracy or Hoax?

How (Not) to Drive Up the National Birth Rate: A Cautionary Tale from the Roman World and an Under-Explored Pro-Life Answer

Created for Work? The Cost of Leisure and the Privilege of Work in Antiquity and Today

When the Empire Doesn't Strike Back, but Leaves Instead: Ethical Questions from the Roman Empire for the US Departure from Afghanistan

Pricing Human Life

What a Baker from Ancient Pompeii can Teach Us about Happiness

Got (Breast) Milk?

Why One Ancient Mega-Church Pastor would Like You to Get the Vaccine

Changes in the Classics

Israel and Immigration: A Christian Reflection on the Consequences of Past Sins

Reflections on Russia's "Victory Day"

Alma Mater. Why One Classics Professor Homeschools

There Are More Women Military Historians than Ever Before. Why Hasn't the Field Noticed?

  • B.A., Classics and French, University of Virginia, 2002
  • Certificate, Summer Session I of the American School at Athens, 2003
  • Ph.D., Classics and Program in the Ancient World, Princeton University, 2008

Summer 2022 Sections

Spring 2022 Sections

Fall 2021 Sections

Summer 2021 Sections

Fall 2020 Sections

Summer 2020 Sections

  • HIST-4285 (Late Roman Empire) Section: 1DW
  • HIST-6686 (Late Roman Empire) Section: E01

Spring 2020 Sections

  • HIST-1111 (SurvWorld Hist/Civil I-Honors) Section: 25H
  • HIST-4285 (Trvl, Trade, Tourism Anc World) Section: 1DW
  • HIST-5285 (Trvl, Trade, Tourism Anc.World) Section: E02
  • HIST-6685 (Trvl, Trade, Tourism Anc. Wrld) Section: E01
  • HIST-6699 (Thesis) Section: E05
  • HIST-6699 (Thesis) Section: E02

Fall 2019 Sections

  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: E09
  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: 01G
  • HIST-6684 (Historiography) Section: 02
  • HIST-6699 (Thesis) Section: 01
  • HIST-6699 (Thesis) Section: 04

Summer 2019 Sections

  • HIST-4385 (Ancient Israel) Section: 1DW
  • HIST-6685 (Ancient Israel) Section: E01

Spring 2019 Sections

  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: 81G

Fall 2018 Sections

  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: 01G
  • HIST-4484 (Senior Seminar) Section: E01
  • HIST-4484 (Senior Seminar) Section: 1DW

Summer 2018 Sections

  • HIST-2302 (The Historian's Craft:Methdlgy) Section: E01
  • HIST-4285 (Greek Religion) Section: 1DW
  • HIST-4481 (Hellenistic&Roman Africa) Section: E01
  • HIST-5285 (Greek Religion) Section: E01

Spring 2018 Sections

  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: 02G
  • HIST-1111 (SurvWorld Hist/Civil I-Honors) Section: 25H
  • HIST-4432 (The Roman Republic) Section: 1DW
  • HIST-5432 (The Roman Republic) Section: E01

Fall 2017 Sections

  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: E01
  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: 50G
  • XIDS-2002 (Love in the Ancient World) Section: 11
  • HIST-4209 (Greek and Roman Warfare) Section: 1DW
  • HIST-6481 (Latin and Epigraphy) Section: E02

Summer 2017 Sections

  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: E02
  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: 04G

Spring 2017 Sections

  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: 53G
  • HIST-4285 (Roman Empire in 60's AD) Section: 1DW

Fall 2016 Sections

  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: 03
  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: 81G
  • HIST-6685 (Women & War in World History) Section: N02

Summer 2016 Sections

  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: E01
  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: 01G

Spring 2016 Sections

  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: 02G
  • HIST-4485 (Greek & Roman Warfare) Section: E01

Fall 2015 Sections

  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: 02G

Summer 2015 Sections

  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: E01
  • HIST-6699 (Thesis) Section: 04

Spring 2015 Sections

  • HIST-1111 (Surv World History/Civiliz I) Section: 01G
  • HIST-2302 (The Historian's Craft:Methdlgy) Section: 02D
  • HIST-4285 (Latin & Epigraphy Historians) Section: 01W
  • HIST-5285 (Latin & Epigraphy Historians) Section: 01

“The Moral Dimension of Military History in Diodoros of Sicily.” in L.I. Hau, A. Meeus & B. Sheridan (eds.) Diodoros of Sicily: Historiographical Theory and Practice in the Bibliotheke (Studia Hellenistica 58) (Leuven: Peeters 2018).

“The Blind Leading the Blind? Civilian Writers and Audiences of Military Manuals in the Roman World” in James Chlup and Conor Whatley eds., Greek and Roman Military Manuals (Routledge 2020).

“Pastoring Through a Pandemic: Cyprian and the Carthaginian Church in the Mid-Third Century CE,” forthcoming in Fides et Historia 53 (Winter/Spring 2021).

“The Greek World: From the Bronze Age to Roman Conquest.” In World History: Cultures, States, and Society to 1500 (UNG Press, 2016).

“The Roman World: 753 BCE – 500 CE.” In World History: Cultures, States, and Society to 1500 (UNG Press, 2016).

Civilians and Warfare in World History [View Publication External Resource]

“Soldiers’ Epitaphs in Mogontiacum and Carnuntum in the 1st and Early 2nd Centuries AD,” in Bodel and Dimitrova eds., Proceedings of the First North AmericanCongress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (Brill, 2014)

“Athens: The Cradle of Western Civilization (800 BCE – 324 CE)” in Aran and Elaine MacKinnon eds., The Places of Encounter (Westview Press, 2012).

“The Game of Troy and Augustus,” The Annals of the Ovidius University of Constanta – The History Series 8 (2011).

“The Heroic Soldier as Exemplum in Cato and Livy” in W. Polleichtner ed., Livy and Intertextuality (Trier: WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2010)

“The Place of Soldier Speech in a Democracy at War: Aeschylus and Michael Moore” in M. Cosmopoulos (ed.), Experiencing War: Trauma and Society in Ancient Greece and Today (Chicago: Ares Publishers, 2007).

“Escribiendo en Agua: Catulo 70 y 72,” Nova Tellus 21.2 (Nov. 2003).