Stephanie Frampton

Stephanie Frampton
Associate Professor


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Stephanie Frampton is a classicist, comparatist, and historian of media in antiquity. Her work explores the intersections of material and literary culture in the ancient Mediterranean and the classical tradition, focusing on the histories of books, reading, writing, and scholarly practice. She has published on a wide range of topics in this area, from graffiti in the city of Herculaneum to the history of studium from antiquity to the Renaissance, and on Roman authors including Cicero and Ovid.

Prof. Frampton joined the MIT faculty in Fall 2012, having taught previously in the Classics at the College of the Holy Cross and at Harvard University. She has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the Rare Books School of the University of Virginia, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, and the University of Cincinnati. She is always interested in talking with students about their interests in literature, history, languages, and writing, and welcomes them to stop by her office anytime.

She is currently the president of the Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School, University of Virginia.


Latin literature and material culture; Ancient media and book history; Comparative approaches to classical literature

Alphabetic Order: The Roman Alphabet and the Material Culture of Literature in the Ancient World

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Subjects taught in recent years:

21L.001 Foundations of Western Literature: Homer to Dante (Fall 2016)

21L.338 Reading in the Original: Virgil's Eclogues (Spring 2017)

21L.715 Media in Cultural Context (Fall 2015)

21L.715 Media in Cultural Context (Spring 2017)

21L.S88 Special Subject in Literature: Greek I (Spring 2017)