Faculty Profile

Christopher Francese

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

Contact Information


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 101 Beginning Attic Greek
All the fundamentals of Greek grammar and syntax as well as the acquisition of vocabulary. By the conclusion of the second semester students will be prepared to read classical authors in the original.

GREK 111 New Testament Greek
A review of syntax and selected readings from prose authors. Consideration is given to authors whose style and grammar best illustrate the characteristics of Attic Greek of the Classical period. Supplemental readings in English provide historical and cultural context for the author chosen. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent.

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