William Beck


I received my B.A. from Swarthmore College in 2011, with Highest Honors in Greek and Latin, and entered the PhD program at Penn in the same year. A recipient of the US-UK Fulbright All-Disciplines Postgraduate Award, I spent 2015-16 at the University of Reading, where I translated the ancient scholia to the first book of the Iliad, under the supervision of Professor Eleanor Dickey. I spent the following two years at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, first as a Regular Member (2016-17), with the support of the James Rignall Wheeler Fellowship, and then as an Associate Member (2017-18), with the support of the Edward Capps Fellowship.


Research Interests: 

I am generally interested in long-form narratives, from archaic epic to the Roman novel, but I focus primarily on Homeric epic, narratology, and ancient literary criticism. I am currently completing my dissertation, “The Narrative of the Iliad: Time, Space, and Plot,” on the depiction and distribution of space and time in the Iliad, and a translation of the ancient scholia to the first two books of the Iliad, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press. 

Selected Publications: 

My writing has appeared in BMCRVergiliusYAGE, the SCSWebsite, and Eidolon, where I write a bi-monthly column, “Diacritical Remarks.” You can find all of my writing here.