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Professor William E. Klingshirn

Professor William Klingshirn, Department of Greek and Latin  

William E. Klingshirn (email; AB, College of the Holy Cross, 1977; AM, PhD, Stanford University, 1982, 1985), Margaret H. Gardiner Professor of Greek and Latin, specializes in the history and culture of the late antique Mediterranean world. His current research is focused on diviners and divination in late antiquity, on definitions of Christian culture in the early middle ages, and on the reception of Caesarius of Arles in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Professor Klingshirn has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1988-89; 2006-07) and the American Council of Learned Societies (2000-01).  He is past president of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States (CAAS) and a member of the editorial committee of Translated Texts for Historians.  From 2007 to 2013 he served on the Board of Editors of Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval History, Thought and Religion. He now serves on the editorial board (Doctorum Collegium) of the journal Latinitas (series nova), published by the Pontifical Academy for Latin. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Fathers of the Church. A CUA faculty member since 1985, he has taught a wide range of courses in classics, ancient history, Latin, Greek, early Christianity, and late antiquity, and regularly participates in the Christian Tradition sequence of the Honors Program. He currently serves as Director of CUA's Center for the Study of Early Christianity. In 2014 he was appointed a Fellow (sodalis) of the Pontifical Academy for Latin, and in 2015 was honored with an ovatio by the Classical Association of the Atlantic States.

courses taught and upcoming


Spring 2019

  • CLAS 472/572/ECST 472, Mediterranean World of Late Antiquity

Fall 2019

  • HSHU 101, Jesus to Muhammad
  • ECST 600, Introduction to Early Christian Studies

Sample past courses

  • GL 755, Greek and Latin Epigraphy
  • GR 208, Sophocles
  • HSHU 101, The Christian Tradition I: From Jesus to Muhammad
  • LAT 425/525, Cicero'sDe Republica
  • LAT 465, Advanced Latin Seminar
  • LAT 476/576, Cicero, De Divinatione
  • LAT 485/585 Augustine's Confessions
  • LAT 509, Intensive Elementary Latin
  • LAT 515, Roman Historiography
  • LAT 524, Julius Caesar
  • LAT 528, Roman Lyric
  • LAT 579, Roman Epistolography
  • LAT 609, Gregory of Tours
  • LAT 705, Patristic Seminar-Caesarius of Arles
  • LAT 705/ECST 705, Lived Religion in Merovingian Gaul
  • LAT 707, The Later Roman Empire
  • CLAS 205/HIST 305, History of the Ancient Mediterranean I
  • CLAS 206/HIST 314, History of the Ancient Mediterranean II
  • CLAS 281 Paganism and Christianity in the Roman Empire
  • CLAS 302, Greek and Roman Religion
  • CLAS 305, The Roman Family
  • CLAS 321/521, Numismatic Workshop
  • CLAS 572, The Mediterranean World of Late Antiquity
  • CLAS 621, Gibbon’s Decline and Fall
  • ECST 610/CLAS 610 The Material World of Early Christianity


Selected recent articles and book chapters

  • "Traduire Césaire à l’Université catholique d’Amérique/Translating Caesarius at the Catholic University of America." In Césaire d’Arles et les cinq continents, ed. Guy-Jean Abel, 2:71-98. Venelles: Association Aux Sources de la Provence, 2018.

  • "The Wartime and Postwar Reception of Caesarius of Arles." Early Medieval Europe 26.1 (2018), 7-41.

  • "Saint Césaire d'Arles," in Dilectissimo fratri Caesario Symmachus: Entre Arles et Rome: les reliques de saint Césaire, trésor de la Gaule paléochrétienne, ed. Claude Sintès, Umberto Utro, and Alessandro Vella, 37-48 (Vatican City: Edizioni Musei Vaticani, 2017).

  • Le Testament de Césaire d’Arles/The Testament of Caesarius of Arles.” In Césaire d’Arles et les cinq continents, ed. Guy-Jean Abel, 1: 77-87. Venelles: Association Aux Sources de la Provence, 2017.

  • “Theology and History in the Thought of Robert Austin Markus.” Papers Presented at the Sixteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford, 2011, ed. M. Vinzent, 73–83, Vol. 1: Former Directors, Studia Patristica 53 (Leuven: Peeters, 2013).

  • "Christianity in Gaul," in The Cambridge History of Religions in the Ancient World, gen. ed. Michele R. Salzman, vol. 2: From the Hellenistic Age to Late Antiquity, ed. William Adler (Cambridge, 2013), 484-509.

  • “Cultural Geography: Roman North Africa,” in A Companion to Augustine, ed. Mark Vessey with the assistance of Shelley Reid (Oxford, 2012), 24-39.