Ohio University

Search within:

William Owens

William Owens, portrait
Professor Emeritus of Classics
Ellis 245

Recent News


Ph.D., Yale University (1986)


  • Slavery in Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Ancient Justifications for Slavery
  • The Material and Psychic Conditions Under Which Enslaved Persons Live
  • The Contribution of Enslaved Persons to the Culture and Civilization of Ancient Greece And Rome
  • Comparative Analysis with Other Slave Systems, Including the New World
  • Ancient Greek and Roman Comedy, Especially Plautus and Menander
  • The Ancient Greek and Roman Novel: Petronius’ Satyricon and Others

Courses Taught

  • Greek and Latin (all levels)
  • CLAS 2340: Classical Mythology
  • CLAS 2530: Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World
  • CLAS 3120: Greek Tragedy and Comedy
  • CLAS 4520: Roman Social History
  • T 307 (Tier III): Reconstructing Roman Slavery