Frank Russell teaches both history and classics at Transylvania. His background is in ancient history and languages, and he is particularly interested in the margins of empire in the ancient world.
Russell’s book, Information Gathering in Classical Greece, focuses on political and military intelligence, and he has published shorter pieces on Greek and Roman military history. He is currently working on a chapter discussing Roman counterinsurgency policy and operations in Judaea.
Russell teaches courses in classical and medieval history, Greek, and Latin, as well as contributing to Transylvania’s common core courses. He regularly offers travel courses to Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.
Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, 1994
M.A., University of California-Los Angeles, 1991
B.A., Loyola Marymount University, 1988
Courses Taught at Transy
Archaic and Classical Greece
From Alexander to Cleopatra
The Ancient Polis
History of Espionage
Diplomacy and War in Antiquity
Areas of Research
Ancient history, especially military and political intelligence, counter-insurgency, and frontier studies
“Greek and Roman Intelligence” in The Oxford Handbook of Classical Warfare, Campbell and Tritle, edd. Oxford, forthcoming
American Historical Association
American Philological Association
Kentucky Monthly Professor Superlatives, Most Creative, 2011