Brett M. Rogers

Brett Rogers

Associate Professor, Classics  

BA, Reed College
PhD, Stanford University  

Brett teaches courses on classical languages, ancient literature in translation, myth & myth theory, sex & gender in classical antiquity, and the reception of classical literature in modern popular culture (such as science fiction and fantasy). His research focuses on poetics and performance in Greek poetry and drama, as well as classical receptions in contemporary media. He has published essays on ‘teaching’ in Greek drama and claims not to teach in Plato’s Apology, both as part of a larger study on ’troubling teachers’ in archaic Greece and classical drama. Along with Benjamin Eldon Stevens, Brett has recently co-edited Classical Traditions in Science Fiction (2015, Oxford University Press), including his essay on hybrids in Homer’s Odyssey and Alien Resurrection. A second collection, Classical Traditions in Modern Fantasy, is forthcoming (2017, Oxford University Press), including his essay on ghosts of Aeschylus in the Harry Potter novelsBrett has published additional essays on classical receptions in science fiction (with Stevens, in Classical Receptions Journal, 2012), myth theory in superhero narratives (in Classics and Comics, 2011), and sex and cars in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (with Walter Scheidel, Slayage, 2004). Brett is also regularly engaged in the contemporary performance of ancient drama, occasionally performing, writing reviews, and lecturing to the general public. From 2011-2013, he worked with the NEH-funded Ancient Greeks / Modern Lives program. Brett looks forward to the stories that all of his students will bring to the wider world.