Dylan Kelby Rogers is currently the Postdoctoral Scholar in Classics at the Florida State University (USA). From 2015-2019, he served as the Assistant Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA); he was a Lecturer in Roman Art & Archaeology in the Department of Art at the University from 2019-2022. Rogers’ book, Water Culture in Roman Society (Leiden 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.”
Rogers has been a Regular Member (2013-2014) and the Gorham Phillips Stevens Fellow (2014-2015) at the ASCSA. His 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). Most recently, Rogers joined the Core Research Team of the Vulci3000 Project (Duke University), and, in summer 2023, he will join the team at the Lechaion Harbor and Settlement Project (California State University, Long Beach). Rogers 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. He 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. Rogers is also the co-editor of A Quaint & Curious Volume: Essays in Honor of John J. Dobbins, an Open Access collection of nine essays by his former graduate students that explore topics related to Pompeii, Roman archaeology, sculpture, and mosaics.
Major research interests of Rogers 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. Rogers 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). Rogers has also been interviewed about his research for various podcasts, including Garland Magazine and Peopling the Past.