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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). While she continues to write for academic audiences, much of her writing of late focuses on demonstrating the relevance of ancient history for the general public today. She is a regular contributor to the Anxious Bench and Current, and has also written for the History News Network, History Today Magazine, The Conversation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Education. Her current book project, Cultural Christians in the Early Church, is under contract with Zondervan.

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

The Roman Bathsheba: A Narrative Without God. Anxious Bench, August 2022.

Bad Citizens in a Democracy. Current, August 2022.

Once Upon a Time Near Verona. Plough, July 2022.

The Virtues Have Been Canceled: Life in a Post-Virtue World. Anxious Bench, July 2022.

Socrates Moves Right. Current, July 2022.

“Blueprint for a Pro-life Church” in Forum on the End of Roe, Current, June 2022.

Dinner and a Show: Summer Edition. Current, June 2022.

Character Judgments of Scholars Matter. Inside Higher Education, June 2022.

No Army? No Problem. Defending the Home Front in Ancient Greece. History Today Magazine, June 2022.

The Poetical Souls of Russian Dictators. Current, May 2022.

Heavy is the History of Jerusalem: A Very Select Starter Reading List. Anxious Bench, May 2022.

Tolle Lege: In Praise of Reading and Listening in a Writer’s World.  Christian Scholar’s Review Blog.

From Grandpa Lenin with Love. Current, April 2022.

Evangelicals Need more Military History (But of a Theologically Orthodox Kind).  Anxious Bench, April 2022.

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.

  • 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

Fall 2022 Sections

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).