B.A., University of Pennsylvania; B.A., University of London; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
Guy M. RogersWilliam R. Kenan, Jr. 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 Magna cum Laude B.A. degree with subject honors in Classics and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania where he played varsity soccer and was awarded a Thouron Fellowship. In 1979 he earned a first-class honors B.A. degree in Ancient History from University College London and a Full Colors Award for football. He received a Ph.D. in Classics from Princeton University in 1986. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards for his research and writing, 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 been a member of the editorial advisory board of the Italian classical journal Mediterraneo Antico since its inception. From 2002 to 2006 he served as the co-editor (with Professor Hannah Cotton of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem) 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 U.S. national and international newspapers and news websites, including the Los Angeles Times and Middle East Eye in London. His current research projects are entitled “For the Freedom of Zion: The Great Jewish Revolt of 66-74 CE” and “The Historical Encyclopedia of Alexander the Great.”
Professor Rogers was Chairman of the History Department of Wellesley College from 1997 to 2001 and 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. From 2013-18 he served on the Advisory Board of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs and from 2013-18 was an affiliated faculty and advisory board member of the Freedom Project at Wellesley College. In 2014 he was elected to 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, Iulius Caesar, and western civilization. The Global Education Network in New York City selected Professor Rogers’ course on Alexander to become its first fully online course offering. 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 The Harvard/MIT EdX consortium to 17,500 students worldwide. A blog about his experiences teaching “Was Alexander Great?” online appeared in Inside Higher Education. In 2016 his Alexander MOOC was leased to Xuetang Univesity, China’s premier MOOC provider. His interests include classical music, painting, oenology, animal welfare, and travel. He grew up and still lives in Litchfield County Connecticut.