Bill Beck

Bill Beck

Assistant Professor, Classical Studies


  • B.A., Swarthmore College, 2011
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2019

Research areas

  • Ancient Greek literature and culture
  • Homeric epic
  • Homeric scholia
  • Ancient Greek literary criticism

About Bill Beck

My research focuses on Homeric epic and its reception, particularly its scholarly reception in later antiquity. My monograph-in-progress, The Narrative of the Iliad: Time, Space, and Story, is a narratologically-informed study of the narrator’s representation of the Iliad’s story in time and space. I argue that the audience’s partial and piecemeal experience of the Iliad’s story belies the narrator’s synoptic sense both of the story and of the narrative that represents it. I am also engaged in a translation of the ancient scholia to the Iliad, The Ancient Scholia to Homer’s Iliad: A Translation (under contract with Cambridge University Press), and I am co-editing Exegesis, Interpretation, Dialogue: Reading the Iliad Scholia, to be published with the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. My work has appeared in Transactions of the American Philological Association (TAPA), Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic, Vergilius, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Eidolon, Unravel, Tellus, and the SCS Blog. Links to several of my articles can be found here. I have taught ancient Greek and Latin, Classical Mythology, and literature in translation.

Courses Taught

  • Classical Mythology
  • Classical Drama
  • Greek Literature in Translation (The Trojan War)
  • Ancient Greek Culture
  • Intermediate Greek