Richard King
Richard King
Teaching Professor of Classics


Room:NQ 174

Department: Modern Languages and Classics

       Dr. Richard J. King received his Ph.D. in Classical Studies from Indiana University (1994), his M.A. in Latin from Florida State University (1984), and his B.A. in Latin and Psychology from Millsaps College (1982). His research interests include Roman elegy, narrative of Roman ritual and topographic experience, and Greek and Roman gender and sexuality.
       But he especially appreciates introducing students at Ball State to the joys of study abroad. He began teaching Classics abroad with two, year-long, stints in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (1992-1993 and 1995-1996). Since he’s been at Ball State, he has continually co-directed programs of summer study in Greece for over a decade. More recently, he’s been co-directing programs in Italy in the winters, between the Fall and Spring semesters.


Desiring Rome: Male Subjectivity and Reading Ovid’s Fasti (Ohio State University Press, 2006). 

Ad capita bubula: the birth of Augustus and Rome's imperial centre.” The Classical Quarterly 60.2 (2010): 450-469. 

“Male Homosocial Readership and the Dedication of Ovid's Fasti.” Arethusa 37.2 (2004): 197-223.

“Ritual and Autobiography: The Cult of Reading in Ovid’s Tristia 4.10,” Helios 25.2 (1998) 99-119.

“Dancers in the Columbarium of Villa Doria-Pamphili,” in D. Scagliarini Corlàita, ed., I temi figurativi nella pittura parietale antica (IV sec. A. C. – IV sec. D.C.). Atti del VI Convegna Internazionale sulla Pittura Parietale Antica.  Bologna, 1998.

“Creative landscaping: inspiration and artifice in Propertius 4.4.” The Classical Journal 85.3 (1990): 225-246.