Gordon Kelly

Associate Professor with term in Classics and Chair of the Classics Program

John R. Howard Hall 225, MSC: 45

Gordon Kelly is an Associate Professor with term in Humanities and Department Chair of Classics. He received a Ph. D. in Classical Studies from Bryn Mawr College in 1999, with a concentration in Ancient History. He has taught courses on Latin and Greek language and literature, Roman and Greek History, Classical Mythology, Roman Law, and the family in the Roman World. Professor Kelly’s research has focused on the connection of politics, law, and social history in the Roman Republic, and he is the author of the forthcoming book, A History of Exile in the Roman Republic (Cambridge University Press). He is also interested in how ancient military practices reflect the social ideals of the Greco-Roman world, and has served as a rower on the reconstructed ancient Greek warship Olympias during three sea-trials in the 1990s.


Latin and Greek language and literature, Roman and Greek history

Academic Credentials

PhD 1999, MA 1993 Bryn Mawr College

BA 1991 Rutgers University

BA 1985 Villanova University


Fall 2022 Courses

CLAS 320 Greek And Roman Epic

MWF 1:50pm - 2:50pm

Examination of six epic poems (in translation) from Classical antiquity: Homer’s Iliadand Odyssey, Apollonius’s Argonautica, Virgil’s Aeneid, Lucan’s Civil War, and Statius’s Thebaid. Focus on the traditional themes of the epic genre, including the nature of heroism, the relationship between mortals and gods, issues of peace and war, and the conflict of individual and communal goals; how ancient authors adapted epic conventions to suit their own artistic goals; how these epics reflected the values and history of contemporary Greco-Roman civilization; and their influence in antiquity and beyond.

Prerequisites: None.

GRK 101 Classical Greek I

MWF 9:10am - 10:10am

Beginning classical Greek. Emphasis on basic vocabulary and grammar necessary to read classical texts and writings from the Hellenistic period. Conversational and modern Greek not covered. May be used toward the world languages requirement.

Prerequisites: None

LATN 201 Intermediate Latin I

MWF 10:20pm - 11:20pm

TTH 8:00am - 9:30am

Continued work on expanding basic vocabulary and understanding of grammar covered in LATN 101, LATN 102. Emphasis on reading Latin texts of the Classical period. May be used to fulfill the world languages requirement.

Prerequisites: LATN 102 or equivalent

Location: J.R. Howard Hall