Dylan Kelby Rogers is currently Lecturer in Roman Art and Archaeology in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia (USA). From 2015-2019, he served as the Assistant Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA). He received his PhD in Classical Art & Archaeology in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia in 2015. His dissertation, Water-Display and Meaning in the High Roman Empire, explores the placement of ancient Romans fountains in public spaces, including civic, religious, and theatrical. By approaching water-displays using new methodologies related to sensory archaeology, we can better understand the Romans’ fascination with water, along with its physical placement in Roman life. Dylan’s recent book, Water Culture in Roman Society (Brill, 2018), begins to define the term ‘water culture’ for ancient Roman society, using literary, legal, epigraphic, and archaeological evidence. Rogers is currently studying Roman fountains using methodologies related to sensory studies and archaeology, in order to understand better the use and placement in various landscapes of fountains by the Romans. A part of this research recently appeared in the American Journal of Archaeology (2021): “Sensing Water in Roman Greece: The Villa of Herodes Atticus at Eva-Loukou and the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore at Eleusis.”
Dylan has been a Regular Member (2013-2014) and the Gorham Phillips Stevens Fellow (2014-2015) at the ASCSA. Dylan’s fieldwork experience includes Pompeii (Porta Stabiae Project, 2009), Hacımusalar Höyük, Turkey (Bilkent University, 2011, 2012), Morgantina (Princeton/UVa, 2011), ancient Corinth (ASCSA, 2014), and Pylos (rescue excavations, 2015). Dylan has been a research assistant for the Rome Reborn Project at UVa, studying the monumental fountains of the city of Rome. Dylan is also on the organizing committee of the Roman Seminar in Athens, and in 2019 the conference proceedings of the seminar’s 2015 conference, What’s New in Roman Greece?, was published by the National Hellenic Research Foundation. Rogers is also the co-editor, with Jenifer Neils, of The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Athens (Cambridge University Press, 2021) that provides a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to Athens, its topography and monuments, inhabitants and cultural institutions, and religious rituals and politics.
Major research interests of Dylan include the display of water, Roman domestic religion, Roman gardens, the topography of the cities of Rome and Athens, and the reception of Antiquity from the Renaissance through the modern period; other research interests outside of Classical Archaeology include Medieval Rome and Italy, opus sectile pavements of the Medieval period Mediterranean, and the Venetian-era fountains of Crete. Dylan is also interested in archival research, and how it informs our own thinking about the history of archaeology. He has written blog posts for “From the Archivist’s Notebook,” a project by the ASCSA’s archivist, Dr. Natalia Vogeikoff-Brogan, including one on Gertrude Smith and two on Catholic priests at the ASCSA (Part 1 and Part 2). Dylan has also been interviewed about his research for various podcasts, including Garland Magazine and Peopling the Past.
Dylan is pictured above on the track of the Panathenaic Stadium (Το Καλλιμάρμαρο) of Athens. Originally built by the Roman Herodes Atticus between 138-144 CE, the stadium was rebuilt for the first modern Olympic Games, held in Athens in 1896.