Faculty Profile

Christopher Francese

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

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

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

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.

LATN 233 Caesar
Readings from Roman historians such as Sallust, Caesar and Livy, with study of Roman political values.Prerequisite: 112 or the equivalent.

CLST 500 Independent Study

Spring 2017

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 242 Vergil, Aeneid
Selections from the epic, with emphasis on Vergil's literary aims and technique. Prerequisite: 112 or the equivalent. Offered every third year.