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Stephanie Ann Frampton

Associate Professor

Stephanie Ann Frampton is Associate Professor of Literature, Co-Chair of the Program in Ancient and Medieval Studies, and Faculty Director of the Programs in Digital Humanities at MIT. She received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Comparative Literature in 2011 and a Bachelor’s in Classics and Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago in 2003. Her first book, Empire of Letters: Writing in Roman Literature and Thought from Lucretius to Ovid, appeared with Oxford University Press in 2019.


Subjects taught the current academic year:

21L.613 Latin Readings (Fall 2024)

21L.614 Advanced Latin Readings (Fall 2024)

Subjects taught in recent years:

21L.609 Greek Readings: Plato’s Symposium (Spring 2024)

21L.610 Advanced Greek Readings: Plato’s Symposium (Spring 2024)

21L.707 Problems in Cultural Interpretation: Women Readers, Women Writers—Antiquity To Today (Spring 2024)

Research Interests
Trained as a Latinist and a comparatist, I work on the history of the book in Graeco-Roman antiquity and study practices of reading, writing, and scholarship in the classical tradition. I have published on a range of topics in this area, from graffiti in the city of Herculaneum to the history of the Latin library, and on authors from Cicero to Cavafy. My research has been supported by numerous awards, including those from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, the Bibliographical Society of America, and the Warburg Institute in London. I am a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the Rare Book School, University of Virginia. My current project is a meditation on the relationship between reading and friendship tentatively titled Words with Friends: Reading Cicero and the Classics.
Words with Friends: Reading Cicero and the Classics (in progress)

Empire of Letters: Writing in Roman Literature and Thought, from Lucretius to Ovid. Oxford University Press, 2019. Reviewed: The Classical Review, The Classical Journal, The Library, Choice, FORMA Review

Articles and Chapters
“In the Library.” In Alexandra Gillespie and Deidre Lynch eds. The Unfinished Book. Oxford University Press, 2020.

“Graffiti in the So-Called College of Augustales at Herculaneum (Insula VI 21, 24).” In Carlos Noreña and Nikolaos Papazarkadas eds. From Document to History: Epigraphic Insights into the Greco-Roman World: Proceedings of the Second North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy. Brill, 2019.

“Ovid’s Two Body Problem.” In Matthew Loar, Sarah Murray, and Stefano Rebeggiani eds. The Cultural History of Augustan Rome: Texts, Monuments and Topography. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

“What to Do with Books in the De Finibus.” TAPA 146.1. Spring, 2016.

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

“Kings of the Stone Age, or How to Read an Ancient Inscription.” In Shane Butler ed. Deep Classics. Bloomsbury, 2016. Reviewed: The Classical Review, BMCR, Classics for All

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. November, 2013.

Other Publications
“Ancient Libraries in Rome w. Dr. Stephanie Ann Frampton,” Ithaca Bound podcast,, June 2021.

Commissioning editor, Public Books four-part series on digital humanities,, May 2021.

“Persona: Masks in the Graeco-Roman World,” MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences,, September 2020.

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

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

“Cicero Graecolatinus,” Renaissance Society of America, Dublin, Ireland, April 2022.

“Textual Mobility and the History of Books,” Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography, May 2021

“Books as Friends,” Institute for Classical Studies (Online), April 2021

“Auctor/Autor/Author,” Renaissance Society of America (Online), April 2021

“Sulpicia’s Ashes: Literacy and Gender in the Roman World,” Society for Classical Studies (Online), January 2021

“Vade, liber: Textual Mobility and the Poetics of Space in Roman Book Culture,” Spatial Turn, University of Durham (Online), December 2020

“Auctor/Autor/Author,” Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick (Online), November 2020

“Publishing before Publishing,” Boston Athenaeum (Online), March 2020.

“Sententiae Antiquae: Early Modern Commonplace and the Classical Tradition,” Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, University of York, UK, March 2020

“Cicero’s Topics and the Social Life of Books,” Warburg Institute, London, UK, February 2020