William H. Race

George L. Paddison Professor of Classics

Adjunct Faculty in Comparative Literature

Professor Race’s teaching and research interests include Greek and Latin poetry, rhetoric, and the Classical tradition. His books on these subjects include The Classical Priamel from Homer to Boethius (1982), Pindar (1986), Classical Genres and English Poetry (1988), Style and Rhetoric in Pindar’s Odes (1990), Pindar: Olympian Odes, Pythian Odes (1997) Pindar: Nemean Odes, Isthmian Odes, Fragments (1997), and Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautica (2008).

Recent articles include “Rhetoric and Lyric Poetry” in I. Worthington, ed., A Companion to Greek Rhetoric (Oxford: Blackwell, 2007), 509-525; “Apollonius Rhodius,” in The Literary Encyclopedia, on-line at www.LitEncyc.com; “Horace’s Debt to Pindar” in G. Davis, ed. A Companion to Horace (Oxford: Blackwell, 2010), 147-173. To appear is an article on translations of Apollonius Rhodius; in preparation are articles on Homer's Iliad and Odyssey and a literary commentary on Apollonius Rhodius’ Argonautica.


Ph.D., Classics with Minor in Comp. Lit., Stanford University, 1973

M.A., Classics, Stanford University, 1972

B.A., Latin, University of Michigan, 1965

Research Groups and Interests

Comparative Literature