B.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.A., University of London; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of History and Classical Studies; Professor of History and Classical Studies
Classicist and historian of Greek and Roman history, ancient religion and warfare, Alexander the Great and western civilizations.
Guy MacLean Rogers holds a first-class honors degree in Ancient History from University College London and a Ph.D. in Classics from Princeton University. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards in support of his research, including ones from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Fellowship program, and the American Philosophical Society. In 1997 he held a senior visiting fellowship at All Souls College Oxford. In 2003 he was the recipient of the “Perennial Wisdom Medal” from the Monuments Conservancy in New York City.
Professor Rogers’ first book, The Sacred Identity of Ephesos: Foundation Myths of a Roman City, won the 1989 Routledge Ancient History Prize. In 2014 The Sacred Identity Of Ephesos was reprinted in the Routledge Revival Program of distinguished works from the past 100 years. In 2004 his biography, Alexander: The Ambiguity of Greatness was published by Random House; it was selected as a History Book club featured alternate, and has been translated into Russian and Greek. His textbook, Roots of the Western Tradition: A Short History of the Ancient World, co-authored with C. Warren Hollister, is in its eighth edition. The first Mandarin edition was published by Brilliant Publications of Shanghai in 2013. He has sat on the editorial advisory board of the Italian classical journal Mediterraneo Antico since its inception and from 2002 to 2006 he served as the co-editor of Rome, The Greek World, and the East, the three volumes of collected essays of the Oxford historian Sir Fergus Millar. In 2013 Yale University Press published his most recent book, The Mysteries of Artemis of Ephesos: Cult, Polis, and Change in the Graeco-Roman World in its Synkrisis series. He has contributed regularly to television programs and documentaries about the ancient world for the History Channel and the BBC, and his op-ed pieces have appeared in international and U.S. newspapers such as The Los Angeles Times. His current research project is entitled “For the Freedom of Zion: The Great Jewish Revolt against Rome of 66-74 CE.”
Professor Rogers was Chairman of the History Department of Wellesley College from 1997 to 2001, and again during 2012. He was appointed to the Macricostas Chair of Hellenic and Modern Greek Studies at Western Connecticut State University from 2006-08, the first endowed chair within the state system. From 2008-13 he held the Mildred Lane Kemper endowed Chair at Wellesley College. In 2010-11 he was an affiliated faculty member of the Albright Institute for Global Affairs. Since 2013 he has served on the Advisory Boards of the Albright Institute and the Freedom Project at Wellesley College. In 2014 he was elected to hold the William R. Kenan Jr. endowed Professorship of Classics and History at Wellesley College. He teaches courses on Greek and Roman history, ancient religion and warfare, Alexander the Great, C. Julius Caesar, and western civilization. In the spring of 2014 he taught the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), “Was Alexander Great? The Life, Leadership, and Legacies of History’s Greatest Warrior” for EdX/WellesleyX. A blog about his experiences teaching the 17,500 students in the course appeared in Inside Higher Education. His interests include classical music, painting, oenology, animal welfare, and travel. He grew up and still lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut.