Professor Emeritus of Classics
George W. Houston taught in the Department of Classics at Chapel Hill from 1969 until 2005, serving in the department at various times as Undergraduate Major Advisor, Director of Graduate Studies, and Chair. He was a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome (1967-69), directed the Classical Summer School of the American Academy in Rome in 1977-1979, and taught at the University of Bologna in the fall of 1982. His research interests lie in the areas of ancient libraries, Latin epigraphy, Latin literature, and Roman technology. Some representative publications: Inside Roman Libraries: Book Collections and Their Management in Antiquity (Chapel Hill, 2014); “The State of the Art: Current Work in the Technology of Ancient Rome,” CJ 85 (1989) 63-80; “The Slave and Freedman Personnel of Public Libraries in Ancient Rome,” TAPA 132 (2002) 139-76; “Public Libraries in the City of Rome from the Augustan Age to the Time of Diocletian” (with T. Keith Dix), in Mélanges de l’École française de Rome. Antiquité 118 (2006) 671-717; “Grenfell, Hunt, Breccia, and the Book Collections of Oxyrhynchus,” GRBS 47 (2007) 327-359; and “A Collection of Inscriptions from the Via Salaria Necropolis Now in the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky,” (with Linda M. Gigante), Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 53 (2008) 27-78.