James A. Francis
Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor of Classics, University of Kentucky, 1995-2018
Interim Director of the Program in Classics, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL, 1993-95
Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, Rollins College, 1991-95
Instructor in Liberal Studies, St. John's University, Collegeville, MN, 1980-81
Assistant Director, N.E.H. Christian Humanism Project, St. John's University, 1978-81
Subversive Virtue: Asceticism and Authority in the Second-Century Pagan World. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995.
Early Monastic Rules: The Rules of the Fathers and the Regula Orientalis. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1982. (Co-translator)
"Classical Conceptions of Visuality and Representation in John of Damascus’ Defense of Holy Images," Studies in Late Antiquity 4 (2020): 284-308.“
“Seeing God(s): Images and the Divine in Pagan and Christian Thought in the Second to Fourth Centuries C.E.” Studia Patristica 59 (2013): 5-10.
“Late Antique Visuality: Blurring the Boundaries Between Word and Image, Pagan and Christian.” In David Brakke, Deborah Deliyannis, & Edward Watts, eds., Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity, 139-149. Farnham, Surrey & Burlington VT: Ashgate, 2012.
“Living Images in the Ekphrasis of Homer and Hesiod.” In Papers of the Langford Latin Seminar 15: 113-141. Prenton: Oxbow Books, 2012.
“Biblical Not Scriptural: Perspectives on Early Christian Art from Contemporary Classical Scholarship.” Studia Patristica 44 (2010): 3-8.
“Metal Maidens, Achilles’ Shield, and Pandora: The Beginnings of ‘Ekphrasis.’” American Journal of Philology 130 (2009): 1-23.
“Verbal and Visual Representation: Art and Text, Culture and Power in Late Antiquity.” In Philip Rousseau, ed., A Companion to Late Antiquity, 285-305. Oxford: Blackwell, 2009. This volume has received the Association of American Publishers 2009 PROSE award ("Professional and Scholarly Excellence") for Best Single-Volume Reference in Humanities and Social Sciences.
“Living Icons: Tracing a Motif in Verbal and Visual Representation from the Second to Fourth Centuries, C.E.” American Journal of Philology 124 (2003): 575-600.
“Clement of Alexandria on Signet Rings: Reading an Image at the Dawn of Christian Art” Classical Philology, 98 (2003): 179-183.
“Truthful Fiction: New Questions to Old Answers on Philostratus’s Life of Apollonius.” American Journal of Philology, 119 (1998): 419-441.