Dylan Kelby Rogers, the Assistant Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA), 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 reasons ancient Romans placed fountains in certain places 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. Dylan is also on the organizing committee of the Roman Seminar in Athens.
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. At UVa, Dylan taught in the Art and Architectural History, Classics, and History departments.
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 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.