Faculty Profile

Christopher Francese

The Asbury J. Clarke Professor of Classical Studies (1996), Department Chair

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East College Room 110


He specializes in Roman literature and culture, and Greek mythography. He is the project director of Dickinson College Commentaries, a series of online multimedia editions of classical texts, and is the author of three books: Ancient Rome: An Anthology of Sources (Hackett, 2014), Ancient Rome in So Many Words (Hippocrene, 2007), and Parthenius of Nicaea and Roman Poetry (Peter Lang, 2001). He also produces the Latin Poetry Podcast, and directs a series of professional development workshops for Latin teachers, the Dickinson Latin Workshops. With student and faculty collaborators he created the Latin and Greek Core Vocabularies, the thousand most common words in Latin and the 500 most common words in ancient Greek, collated and edited on the basis of large samples.


  • B.A., Oberlin College, 1987
  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1989
  • Ph.D., 1993

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

CLST 100 Greek and Roman Mythology
A general introduction to the texts and narratives of the chief myths of Greece and Rome and their impact on Western civilizations with special reference to the fine arts: music, sculpture, painting, and literature. This course fulfills the DIV I.c. distribution requirement.

GREK 222 Philosophical Writers
Readings in Greek Philosophy including authors such as the Presocratics, Plato, Aristotle, or others. Supplementary readings in English provide historical context and an introduction to certain issues in ancient philosophy. Recommended: 112 or the equivalent.

LATN 233 Roman Historians
Readings from Roman historians such as Sallust, Caesar and Livy, with study of Roman political values. Prerequisite: 112 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the DIV I.b. distribution requirement.

CLST 500 Independent Study

Spring 2015

LATN 112 Introduction to Roman Poetry
Selected readings from Catullus and Ovid, with focus on poetic technique, and discussion of supplementary readings in English. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent.

CLST 140 Ancient Worlds on Film
Cross-listed with FLST 210-01.

FLST 210 Ancient Worlds on Film
Cross-listed with CLST 140-01.An introduction to ancient Greek and Roman history and civilization (excluding mythology) through viewing popular films about this period and reading the historical and literary sources on which those films are based. Wherever possible we will read original primary documents.

LATN 352 Roman Satire
Readings from the satires of Juvenal or Horace with study of Roman social life in the early Principate. Prerequisite: at least one course at the 200-level.

CLST 550 Independent Research