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Gordon Kelly

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

J.R. Howard Hall

Gordon Kelly is an Associate Professor with term in Humanities. 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


Spring 2018 Courses

CLAS 320 Greek and Roman Epic
MWF 1:50pm - 2:50pm

Examination of six epic poems (in translation) from Classical antiquity: Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Apollonius’ Argonautica, Virgil’s Aeneid, Lucan’s Civil War, and Statius’ 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

Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.

HIST 219 Ancient Rome  
 TTH 1:50pm - 3:20pm

A history of Rome from the foundation of the Roman Republic in the late 6th century B.C. to the end of the Severan dynasty in 235 A.D. Special emphasis on Rome’s political transformation from a republic to an empire and the effect of this transition on Roman civilization. Topics include Roman conquest and imperialism, religion, contact with other Mediterranean cultures, class conflict, law and governance, slavery, and family structure. The interpretation of primary source materials (especially ancient historical writings) and the problems of reconstructing the history of a civilization that flourished 2,000 years ago.

Prerequisites: None 

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

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

Prerequisites: LATN 101 or placement exam.


Academic Credentials

Ph.D. 1999, M.A. 1993 Bryn Mawr College. B.A. 1991 Rutgers University, B.A. 1985 Villanova University

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

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