James L. Franklin, Jr.James L. Franklin, Jr.

  • Professor, Department of Classical Studies


  • B.A. at Denison University, 1969
  • M.A. at Queens University (Canada), 1970
  • Ph.D. at Duke University, 1975

Research Interests

  • Pompeian Studies
  • Topography and Monuments of Ancient Rome
  • Latin Epigraphy
  • Latin Literature

Contact Information

Ballantine Hall, Room 550


I am currently pursuing my major interests in the ancient cities of Pompeii and Rome. While I publish on the writing and the political structure of the city of Pompeii, I have spent years living and studying in Rome and am immensely interested in the physical fabric of that city also. In Latin literature, I am most interested in prose authors, as will be clear from the list of courses I have recently taught, and in recent years I have become increasingly interested in prose style, probably thanks to the influence of epigraphy that pervades my work.

Selected Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1969
  • Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, 1973-75
  • American Council of Learned Societies Grant, 1976
  • NEH Fellowship, 1980-81
  • Amoco Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, Indiana University, 1987
  • A.W. Mellon Professor-In-Charge, Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome, 1994-95, 1997-98

Courses Recently Taught

  • Tacitus
  • Caesar
  • Lucretius
  • Art and Archaeology of Ancient Pompeii
  • Topography and Monuments of Ancient Rome
  • Roman Culture

Publication Highlights

Three books on ancient Pompeii, most recently Pompeis Difficile Est: Studies in the Political Life of Imperial Pompeii (University of Michigan, 2001), and numerous articles and book reviews.