William V. Harris

Columbia University
Historian; Educator
Humanities and Arts


William V. Harris is the Shepherd Professor of History at Columbia University, who specializes in the history of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. He received his B.A., M.A. and D.Phil. degrees from Oxford University. His books include, Rome's Imperial Economy (2011), Dreams and Experience in Classical Antiquity (2009), Restraining Rage: the Ideology of Anger Control in Classical Antiquity (2002), Ancient Literacy (1989), and War and Imperialism in Republican Rome (corrected edition, 1985). His edited books include Rethinking the Mediterranean (2005), The Monetary Systems of the Greeks and Romans (2008), and Mental Disorders in the Classical World (2013). He has recently completed a book provisionally entitled Roman Power: a Thousand Years of Empire. W.V. Harris is the Director of Columbia's Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, Editor of the monograph series Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition, and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy since 2011. In 2008, Harris received the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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