Timothy S. Johnson

Dean, School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs

Address: Randolph hall 308A
Phone: 843-953-5770
E-mail: johnsonts@cofc.edu
Curriculum Vitae: Download

Dr. Tim Johnson is a recognized scholar-teacher in the area of Classical lyric poetry. Among his publications are two books on the Roman lyricist Horace, the first of which was named by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title (2005). Professor Johnson has also edited a special collection on Homer for Classical World and served as editor for Religious Studies Review, seeing into print nearly 1,000 book reviews. He has been a member of the editorial board for the Classical Journal and is currently on the board of Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Tim teaches a wide variety of courses, including the Greek and Latin languages and Classical Culture with a special focus on the relationship between literature and politics. Among his other activities, he has studied at the American Academy and Vatican libraries, and frequently led study-abroad programs in Rome and southern Italy.

Symposium of Praise

Horace's Iambic Criticism


Ph.D., Classical Philology (1993). University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL

M.A., Classics (1987). University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

B.A. Religious Studies (1983). Grace College, Winona Lake, IN

Research Interests

Augustan Literature; Greek and Roman Lyric; Sallust; New Testament Backgrounds

Courses Taught

Undergraduate: all levels of Latin and Greek from elementary to advanced (e.g., Latin Elements; Latin Love Poetry; Roman Lyric; Vergil; Livy; Roman Comedy [Plautus]; Cicero [Pro Caelio]; Latin Epistles and Epigraphy; Roman Satire; Greek Elements; Greek Tragedy; Greek Comedy; Plato; Thucydides; New Testament Criticism); Civilization and Culture (Mythology: Roman Grandeur; Classics in the Theater; The Artful Reader; Roman Topography) 

Graduate Seminars: Greek and Roman Invective; Greek and Roman Lyric; Greek and Roman Letters; Roman Epic; Iambic Catullus; Propertian Elegy; Ovid; Lucretius and Epicurean Philosophy; Roman Satire; The Roman Literary Tradition; Proseminar; Supervised Teaching

Honors and Awards

2010: Faculty Enhancement Award (University of Florida)

2005: Choice Outstanding Academic Title for Symposion of Praise

2004, 2002: Most Influential Professor, Anderson Scholar (University of Florida)

2003: Humanities Scholarship Enhancement Award (University of Florida)

1999: Summer Scholars’ Institute (Baylor University)

1998: Circle of Achievement Award (Baylor University)

1995-present: Phi Kappa Phi



A Symposion of Praise: Horace Returns to Lyric in Odes IV (University of Wisconsin Press, March 2005; first paperback edition, January 2007)

Horace’s Iambic Criticism: Casting Blame. Mnemosyne Series (Brill, 2012).  Review (Choice)


 “Horace’s Elegiac Criticism and The Open-Ended Door (C. III.10),” Classical Journal (forthcoming)

 “Lyric, History and Imagination: Horace as Historiographer (C. 2.1),” Classical Journal (2009) 311-320

 “Locking-in and Locking-out Lydia: Lyric Form and Power in Horace's C. I.25 and III.9,” Classical Journal 99 (2004) 113-134

 “Horace, Carmina I. 36.13: Should Damalis Outdrink Bassus?"  Philologus 146 (2002) 187-189

 “Cicero,” in C. A. Evans and  S. E. Porter (edd.), Dictionary of New Testament Background (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press 2000) 208-209

“The Roman Emperors,” in C. A. Evans and  S. E. Porter (edd.), Dictionary of New Testament Background (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press 2000) 968-974

 “Sympotica Horatiana: Problems of Artistic Integrity,” Philologus 141 (1997) 321-337.

 “Horace, C. III. 17: A Flawed Genealogy,” Illinois Classical Studies 20 (1995) 131-134

 “Horace, C. IV.12, Vergilius at The Symposion,” Vergilius 40 (1994) 49-66 

Journals, Edited; Member of Editorial Boards

Homer, special issue of Classical World 93.2 (Nov.-Dec. 1999)

Religious Studies Review (1997-2004), an international journal published quarterly by the Council of Societies for the Study of Religion: book-note editor for the Greco-Roman Division: Total Reviews (edited and published): 984

Classical Journal (2005-2010), member of the editorial board

Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2010-present), member of the editorial board