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Prof Franklin

John Franklin

Assistant Professor of Classics

John C. Franklin, Assistant Professor of Classics, a native of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, graduated in music composition from the New England Conservatory (1988), with a one-year guest membership at the MIT Media Lab.

In search of a stimulating day job, and reviving an earlier interest in antiquity, he completed two years of post-baccalaureate study in Greek and Latin followed by an M.A. in Classics, both at the University of Washington (1991-1995). A doctorate at University College London was a chance to live overseas and experience the British system of ?reading? for a degree (1996-2002). While there he spent 3 years working for Erich Segal as a contributing researcher and editor for the Death of Comedy and other projects, both academic and popular (1997-2000), all the while living in the comparative squalor of a narrowboat on the Oxford canal. Research on ancient Greek music and its relation to Near Eastern traditions led to fellowships at the Warburg Institute, the American Academy in Rome, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the Cyprus American Archeological Research Institute (where he met his lovely wife Glynnis Fawkes, an archeological artist and illustrator), the American Research Institute in Turkey, and the Center for Hellenic Studies (1999-2006).

He has occasionally found time for music composition, notably scores in the style of ancient Greek music for productions at the London Festival of Greek Drama (1999) and the Edinburgh Fringe (2000). A self-published CD of such impressions, entitled The Cyprosyrian Girl: Hits of the Ancient Hellenes, is now available. His proudest professional membership is as Hartkerngruppe-member of the International Study Group for Music Archaeology, promoting the emerging field under the auspices of the Deutsches Arch?ogisches Institut (Orient-Abteilung). A book entitled The Middle Muse: Mesopotamian Echoes in Early Greek Music is lamentably overdue, its progress impeded by two lovely children, Thomas Kothar (23 months) and Helen Isis (3 months). He is delighted to be living now in the sanest place in America, for which he is ever so grateful to his very congenial colleagues. For further information, please visit

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