David Williams

Cohort Year: 2014
Research Interests: Athenian drama, intellectual history of classical and archaic Greece
Education: BA, Kenyon College

My main research interests revolve around Athenian drama and its relationship to the intellectual history of Archaic and Classical Greece. My dissertation project re-examines Aristophanes’ portrayal of Socrates within the context of the evolving intellectual culture of the late fifth century and the Platonic conceptualization of “philosophy” in the early fourth.

Here at the University of Chicago, I am in the joint degree program with the Department of Classics and the Committee on Social Thought. I spent the 2018-2019 academic year as a Regular Member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Before coming to Chicago, I received a BA in Classics from Kenyon College, where I studied Greek, Latin, and classical political philosophy.