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

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

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.

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

Spring 2016

LATN 101 First-Year Latin
All the fundamentals of Latin grammar and the study of vocabulary. This course prepares students to read classical authors in the original.

GREK 112 Introduction to Greek Poetry
Selected readings from Homer with emphasis on poetic style and composition. Supplementary readings in English help stimulate discussion of literary, historical, and cultural topics regarding epic poetry. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.

CLST 140 Ancient Worlds on Film
Cross-listed with FLST 210-04.

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

LATN 234 Ovid
Selections from the Metamorphoses with study of the more important Greek and Roman myths and their modern reception.Prerequisite: 112 or the equivalent.