Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Brett Rogers’ research focuses on poetics and performance in Greek poetry and drama, as well as the use of Greco-Roman classics in contemporary media. He has published articles on Greek and Roman drama, Socrates and Athenian democracy, and modern performances of Greek drama. He has also published on the modern reception of classics in comic books, film, science fiction, and modern fantasy. Along with Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Rogers co-edited Classical Traditions in Science Fiction (Oxford University Press; 2015), which includes his own essay on hybrids in Homer’s Odyssey and Alien: Resurrection. Rogers and Stevens recently completed a second collection on Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy (Oxford University Press; 2017), which includes Rogers’ essay on Greek drama and the Harry Potter novels. Rogers also has written or co-written essays on classical receptions in science fiction (Classical Receptions Journal, 2012), myth theory in superhero narratives (Classics and Comics, 2011), and sex and cars in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Slayage, 2004). He is regularly engaged in the contemporary performance of ancient drama, occasionally performing, writing reviews, and lecturing to the general public. Rogers’ other book project is on troubling teachers in archaic Greek poetry and Athenian drama. He believes that ancient fiction helps modern man move ahead in meaningful ways and that classics have lessons to teach that are applicable today and in the future.
B.A., Reed College, 1999; Ph.D., Stanford University, 2005