The Catholic University of America

Dr. William J. McCarthy 

Dr. William McCarthy, Department of Greek and Latin  

William J. McCarthy (email; BA, Maryland, 1971; MA, Ohio State, 1978; PhD, CUA, 1984), associate professor, is a specialist in Greek and Latin literature, with an emphasis on the relationship of late antique and patristic literature to its classical models. His articles on Propertius and Prudentius have been published in Hermes (v. 109: 196-206), Vigiliae Christianae (v. 36: 282-86), and Classica et Mediaevalia (v. 40: 213-25); other publications include contributions to Festschriften for R. Meyer (Diakonia, Washington, 1986) and T. Halton (Nova et Vetera, Washington, 1998), as well as Rhizoterion, a hypertextual computer program (Duke University Press, 1992). Dr. McCarthy’s current research projects focus centrally upon rhetoric, broadly defined: in addition to his ongoing work on the homiletics of John Chrysostom and the reception of Hellenistic poetics by Gregory Nazianzus, he is also engaged in the study of the visual rhetoric of early and modern cinema and its indebtedness to the literary rhetorical patterns established in classical antiquity, and regularly presents at interdisciplinary conferences focused on both literature and film.  He also bears a long-term interest in the application of new technologies to the study of literature.  At present, he is working on an essay for a collection on madness and insanity in the Patristic period, examining certain concerns of Galen and the pneumatic school of medicine (including pharmacology, diet, and language theory) in conjunction with the evolution of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.  Dr. McCarthy held a university fellowship at Ohio State and a Hochwald endowment fellowship at CUA during his graduate studies before being named adjunct assistant professor in 1984, assistant professor in 1985, and associate professor in 1991.  Within the Department of Greek and Latin, he teaches upper-level reading courses in both languages, as well as regularly offering a course entitled "Progress and Literacy in the Ancient World" for the CUA Honors Program.

courses taught and upcoming

Fall 2016
  • CLAS 251, Ancient World in Cinema
  • GR 465/592, Advanced Greek Seminar
  • GR 705, Patristic Seminar

Sample past courses

  • GR 104, Intermediate Greek II
  • GR 418, Greek Prose Composition
  • GR 465, Advanced Greek Seminar
  • GR 511, Greek Prose Composition
  • GR 518, Greek Tragedy
  • GR 523, Homer
  • GR 529, Greek Choral Lyric
  • GR 532, Greek Comedy
  • GR 565, Clement of Alexandria
  • GR 567, Advanced Greek Seminar
  • GR 576, Greek Philosophical Works
  • GR 603, Readings in New Testament Greek
  • GR 655, Survey of Greek Literature
  • GR 705, Basil and the Hexaemeral Literature
  • GR 705, Gregory of Nazianzus
  • GR 705, Patristic Seminar
  • LAT 103, Intermediate Latin I
  • LAT 465, Senior Seminar
  • LAT 510, Readings in Postclassical Latin
  • LAT 515, Roman Historiography: Sallust and Tacitus
  • LAT 559, Lucretius
  • LAT 566, Prudentius
  • CLAS 251, Ancient World in Cinema