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


Spring 2022 Courses

HIST 216: Ancient Greece
Gordon Kelly TTH 1:50pm - 3:20pm

An introduction to the history and civilization of Ancient Greece, from the early Archaic era in mid-eighth-century B.C. to the death of Socrates in 399 B.C. Topics include constitutional changes from monarchy through oligarchy and tyranny to democracy, the development of the Greek polis, contacts with Near Eastern civilizations, hegemony and imperialism, social structure, trade, and colonization. Readings will focus on ancient historical writings in translation and will highlight the challenges in interpreting evidence from antiquity.

Prerequisites: None.

LATN 102: Beginning Latin II
Gordon Kelly MWF 10:20am - 11:20am

Emphasis on basic vocabulary and grammar necessary to read Latin texts of the classical period.

Prerequisites: LATN 101.

Location: J.R. Howard Hall