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


Empire of Letters: Writing in Roman Literature and Thought, from Lucretius to Ovid. Oxford University Press (November 2018).

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters

“What to do with Books in the De Finibus,” TAPA 146.1, Spring 2016
“Kings of the Stone Age, or How to Read an Ancient Inscription,” Butler ed. Deep Classics, Bloomsbury 2016. Reviewed: The Classical Review, BMCR, Classics for All

“Ovid’s Two Body Problem,” Loar, Murrary, and Rebeggiani eds. The Cultural History of Augustan Rome: Texts, Monuments and Topography. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

“Graffiti in the So-Called College of Augustales at Herculaneum (Insula VI 21, 24),” From Document to History: Epigraphic Insights into the Greco-Roman World: Proceedings of the Second North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy. Brill, forthcoming.

Book Reviews

Review of George Houston, Inside Roman Libraries (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina 2014), Classical World 109.4, Summer 2016.

Review of Shane Butler, Matter of the Page (Madison: University of Wisconsin 2011), BMCR, 24 November 2013.

Other Publications

“Alexandria in the Googleplex,” in Eidolon (, December 2017.

“Our Lossy Alphabet,” in Public Books (, October 2017.

“‘An Earnest Bending of the Mind’: From studium to studio,” in Benson-Miller ed. Studio Systems (exhibition catalogue), American Academy in Rome 2016.

Subjects taught the current academic year:


Subjects taught in recent years:

21L.001 Foundations of Western Literature: Homer to Dante (Spring 2019)

21L.609 Greek Readings (Spring 2019)

21L.610 Advanced Greek Readings (Spring 2019)

21L.613 Latin Readings (Spring 2019)

21L.614 Advanced Latin Readings (Spring 2019)