Determining that acting was too hard a way to make a living, Niall W. Slater opted for the leisure of the theoried class. After receiving a B.A. from The College of Wooster and a Ph.D. from Princeton, he taught at Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota) and the University of Southern California before arriving at Emory. He served as chairman of the department 1991-1994, then later as director of Emory’s Center for Language, Literature, and Culture. He received the Emory Williams Award for Distinguished Teaching at Emory in 1999 and was named the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Latin and Greek in 2004.