Department of Classics

William Farris

M.H., University of Dallas

Assistant Instructor
William Farris



Intertextuality; Narratology; Cognitive Classics; Homer, Hesiod, Apollonius, Lycophron, Virgil, Lucan


William Farris spent six years in secondary education teaching Latin, Greek, Literature, and History. His main academic interests lie in (A) structural elements of Greek and Latin texts and (B) intertextuality. He prefers to read epic poetry, especially Homer, Hesiod, Apollonius, Virgil, and Lucan. He is currently preparing an article for publication about ring composition in Lycophron's Alexandra.


C C 348 • Dangerous Women:classcl Lit

33788 • Spring 2022
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM WAG 10

C C 348 Topics in Ancient Civilization:

The development and progress of ancient civilization, including history, philosophy, literature, and culture. No knowledge of Greek or Latin is required.


C C 302 • Intro To Ancient Rome-Wb

34395 • Fall 2021
Internet; Asynchronous

This introductory-level online course covers the cultural and political history of Ancient Rome, beginning with the mytho-prehistory of the city’s origins in the Iron Age (c. 800 BCE); the rise of the city from a rural town to an imperial capital under Augustus; the rule of emperors in the 1st and 2nd century CE; and ending with the crisis of the 3rd century CE and the reign of Constantine the Great. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Rome’s evolution from a small, hilltop settlement to the head of a world empire, followed by the collapse of Rome as an imperial power in western Europe -- and its long afterlife in the East. We will also examine Rome’s colonial and imperial interactions with foreign cultures which helped shape “Roman” identity and consider its cultural legacy up to the present day.

This course can be completed entirely online. The course is made up of textbook readings, primary source readings, and highly interactive, multimedia content modules. The first week of each module will focus on a chronological period in Roman history, and the second week will examine a specific social group within Roman society. At the end of each week, you will engage with and interpret primary and secondary sources where you can “choose your own adventure” from a selection of short case studies.

Fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.
Carries the Global Cultures flag.

GK F311 • Intermediate Greek I-Wb

79960 • Summer 2021
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM
Internet; Synchronous

Continuation of Greek 507. Introductory readings from classical authors such as Lysias, Plato, and Xenophon. Includes grammar review.

LAT 506 • First-Year Latin I-Wb

34180 • Spring 2021
Internet; Asynchronous

This course is an introduction to Latin, the language of ancient Rome and famous writers like Caesar, Cicero, Vergil, and St. Augustine. Latin is also an excellent way to improve your command of other languages: Latin is the source of over 60% of English vocabulary, and also the ancestor of all the “Romance” languages of Europe, including French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Latin 506 introduces basic grammar and vocabulary in an interesting and challenging format, through reading selections from a wide range of Roman authors and exploring aspects of Roman life and culture.  By the end of the semester, students are reading excerpts from famous works and ready to continue into Latin 507.

The course covers chapters 1-27 of Wheelock’s Latin and also selected readings from 38 Latin Stories. There will be daily assignments, regular quizzes, midterm tests, and a final exam.

Prerequisites: None. Note: This course may not be counted by students offering two or more admission units or any previous college credit in Latin.  

Latin 506 partially fulfills the foreign language requirement. A grade of C or higher is required to advance to Latin 507.

Requirements: Class participation, homework, quizzes, midterm tests, and  a final exam.

Students earning a C or better may advance to Latin 507: First-Year Latin II, where they will read selections from Caesar and other authors. 


Wheelock, Wheelock's Latin (Harper 6h edition)

Groton & May, 38 Latin Stories (Bolchazy)

Corneau & LeFleur, Workbook to Wheelock's Latin (Harper) optional

Goldman & Szymanski, English Grammar for Students of Latin (Olivia & Hill) (optional)

LAT 507 • First-Year Latin II-Wb

33220 • Fall 2020
Internet; Asynchronous

This course is the second half of a two-semester introduction to the basic forms, syntax, and vocabulary of Latin.  Translating passages from ancient writers also introduces students to fundamental features of Roman culture. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to reproduce paradigms of all Latin noun, adjective, adverb, and verb forms; to parse and explain the function of Latin words in context; to demonstrate fluency in basic Latin syntax and a growing vocabulary; to master standard pronunciation of Latin; and to translate accurately from Latin into English. In the latter part of the semester, students read selections from the writings of Julius Caesar in the original Latin.

Class time will be devoted to the introduction of new material, reviewing assigned homework, and practice exercises.  Students should expect daily homework assignments and regular quizzes, both announced and unannounced.  Final grades will be determined by attendance and class participation; quizzes; three midterm exams; and a comprehensive final exam. 

Latin 507 partially fulfills the foreign language requirement. A grade of C or higher is required to advance to Latin 511K. 

The completion of Latin 506 with a grade of C or higher is a prerequisite for Latin 507. Students who have recently had more than two years of high school Latin, or more than two semesters of college Latin should normally take Latin 511K.


Wheelock, Wheelock’s Latin, 7th ed. (Harper Collins, 2011).  ISBN 978-0-06-199722-8

English and Irby, A Little Latin Reader, 1st ed. (Oxford: OUP, 2012).  ISBN 978-0-19-984622-1

Groton, Thirty-Eight Latin Stories, 5th ed. (Bolchazy-Carducci 1995).  ISBN 978-0-86516-289-1

Comeau and LaFleur, Workbook for Wheelock’s Latin, 3rd ed. Rev. (Harper Collins, 2005).  ISBN


Tatum, A Caesar Reader, 1st ed. (Bolchazy-Carducci 2012).  ISBN 978-0-86516-696-7

C C S348 • Dangerous Women:classcl Lit-Wb

79088 • Summer 2020
Internet; Asynchronous

This course is a study of the representation of women in classical Greek and Latin literature. This course is primarily concerned with works of Classical Literature in which women are depicted as powerful and violent people, dangerous people, who will do anything to get what they want. In Greek Tragedy, for instance, women such as Clytemnestra and Medea are driven to the point of murdering members of their own families in the search for justice and vengeance. In Roman historical literature, women are depicted either as brave heroes who sacrifice themselves for the sake of their community, or as observant and scheming political players who work behind the scenes, manipulating the men around them in order to wield power for themselves. This course seeks to hear the muffled voices of women in Greco-Roman culture through an in-depth study ofliterary passages in which women are Jed to extreme acts of courage and violence.

In this course, most class discussions will arise from the close reading of primary Greek and Roman texts in English translation. The course will guide students to consider how various elements may affect the depiction of dangerous women in Classical Literature such as literary genre, history, culture, and politics. To this end, students will read texts in a wide variety of genres including drama, epic poetry, elegiac poetry, lyric poetry, historiography, and historical biography. As a result, the course will guide students to understand the role of women as depicted by Greeks and Romans in different literary genres, and in tum, interpret individual literary works through this new understanding.

In addition, this course holds a Global Cultures flag, and therefore, it seeks to lead students to reflect on ways in which Greco-Roman culture and literature, in its depiction of dangerous women, compares to modem American culture. To this end, the course makes use of pertinent modem scholarship concerned with the depiction of women in literature, both ancient and modern.