Faculty Profile

Christopher Francese

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

Contact Information

francese@dickinson.edu

East College Room 110
717.245.1202
http://blogs.dickinson.edu/francese/

Bio

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.

Education

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

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

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.

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

LATN 241 Early Christian Latin
Selections from Augustine's Confessions, Prudentius' Psychomachia, and/or the corpus of Claudian and Ausonius. Attention is paid to the intellectual and literary culture of the late 4th century AD. Offered every two years. Prerequisite: 112 or the equivalent. Offered every two years.

Spring 2018

CLST 140 Ancient Worlds on Film
Cross-listed with FLST 210-02.

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.