Frank Russell

Professor of History

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.

Academic History

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
Greek Religion
Julius Caesar
From Alexander to Cleopatra
Classical Architecture
The Ancient Polis
Imperial Rome
Medieval History
History of Espionage
Diplomacy and War in Antiquity

Areas of Research

Ancient history, especially military and political intelligence, counter-insurgency, and frontier studies

Recent Publications

“Greek and Roman Intelligence” in The Oxford Handbook of Classical Warfare, Campbell and Tritle, edd. Oxford, forthcoming

Professional Memberships

American Historical Association
American Philological Association


Kentucky Monthly Professor Superlatives, Most Creative, 2011
Bingham Fellow