Prof. Frank Romer earned his B.A. at New York University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Stanford University. As a classicist and ancient historian, he works primarily with texts, languages, and material culture and has taught Greek and Roman history, literature (including historiography), and religion. At ECU, he was chair the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures from 2005-2010, and teaches classical culture and language courses.
Currently, Prof. Romer's research focuses on ancient geography and ethnography, and his Pomponius Mela's Description of the World provides a scholarly translation of and commentary on the earliest surviving geography book in Latin, the Chorographia of Pomponius Mela (ca. A.D. 44). In addition, he has analyzed historical evidence related to the archaeological finds for excavations at Lugnano in Teverina and Chianciano Terme, Italy, and is working now on Roman and Romanized communities in North Africa and Spain. He has led study tours to destinations all around the Mediterranean and has inspected Phoenician, Greek, and Roman sites in North Africa, most recently focusing on Tunisia and Libya. Prof. Romer also belongs to the Comparative Ideas of Empire and Geography group based in Paris.