Gary Reger

Professor of History

Trinity College

Hartford, Connecticut

I teach Greek and Roman history, which have a long tradition at Trinity College and (to the best of my knowledge) have always been housed in the History Department. Related courses on aspects of the ancient Mediterranean world are also found under Classical Civilization in the Classics Department and in the Philosophy Department. I am also beginning to explore the history of the mediaeval Middle East; you'll find more information about this farther down on the page.

History Department at Trinity College

If you are a prospective student interested in Trinity College, please visit the Trinity College Home Page, which has plenty of information about Trinity College and links to other campus resources. The History Department's Home Page provides major requirements, course descriptions, a list of faculty, and other useful information. For further information or to ask more specific questions, please email Kathleen Kete, the department chair.. For a department brochure or a map to campus, email Gigi St. Peter, the departmental administrative assistant.

If your interest is particularly in Greek or Roman history, send me an email.

Middle Eastern Studies

I am a faculty member Middle Eastern Studies, a major within International Studies. Please see the web pages for further information, or contact Ron Kiener, the Coordinator.

    Right -- Mosque of Mohammed Ali in Cairo




Why Study Greek and Roman History?

There are lots of answers to this question, but if you have any doubts you might want to see what rock star and social critic Iggy Pop has to say.


For the next few academic years I will be teaching four courses/year because of a one-course reduction for my duties as co-director of the new Trinity Center for Teaching and Learning.

For all my courses I have completely abandoned paper syllabuses in favor of Trinity's online learning system, Moodle. If you are enrolled in a current or past class of mine, you can see the schedule, readings, and assignments there.

Spring 2011

Fall 2011

    I am on leave this semester and will not be teaching.

Spring 2012

Fall 2012

Spring 2013

    Options include History 115, History 334, and a class in Greek or Latin. Stay tuned!

But this list is only preliminary. Email any suggestions.

For other courses recently taught, please click here.

For the academic year 2003-2004 I was lucky enough to be Elizabeth A. Whitehead Visiting Professor at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, where I taught a short seminar called Greek Agriculture.

Co-Curricular Initiatives

For some past several years, the History department, in association with other departments and programs at Trinity, has created or participated in  year-long Co-Curricular Initiatives around important historical anniversaries or themes. The initiatives include classes, special lectures, film series, symposia, and many other special events. 

Here are a few conferences of interest to people working in Greek epigraphy and history.


Graduate School in Greco-Roman History

Thinking about graduate school in classical Mediterranean history? It's a rewarding but difficult endeavor; you can find out some of what I think about it (having been there) and some resources for exploring the possibility further here.

Granting Agencies and Funding Sources

The academic world seems to get more competitive every year for money. Universities and colleges are less willing to fund leaves for research just at the time when travel and other needs grow. I have tried to collect here some sources for outside funding for scholars in Greek and Roman history, many on the web but some still reachable (as far as I know) only by mail.

Web Resources

Resources devoted to the study of the classical world are burgeoning on the WorldWideWeb. Home pages, discussion groups, graphical displays of ancient artwork, texts, and city plans, electronic versions of Greek and Latin texts in both the original and in translation, dictionaries, and even electronic journals are readily available, and more seem to appear every day. Click here to explore, but beware: the listings are intended as a guide to some resources; I make no claim to comprehensiveness. Additions are welcome.

Archaeological Fieldwork and Study Abroad

If you are interested in archaeological fieldwork, Cornell University provides a list of projects requiring personnel, or contact Martha Risser or me about the Tel el-Far'ah project in Israel, which offers credit for Trinstudents.

In March 2004 I visited three study away programs for Trinity, two in Athens and one in Cairo. If you are interested in spending a semester -- or a year -- in Athens or Cairo, you may want to have a look at:



The Byzantine, Arab, and Ottoman Middle East

Recently an old interest in the post-classical Middle East has reemerged, thanks in part to the directions my research is now taking me. To that end, I have begun to collect Web resources on this period as well. Additions and corrections are most welcome! Click here.

Research Interests and Publications

Since 1984, when I began my dissertation research at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, my work has focused on the Hellenistic period of Greek history (roughly the years between the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC and the battle of Actium in 31 BC). My particular interest in economic and social history led me into the specialty of epigraphy, the study of documents (typically, but not always, public) carved on stone. My work on the economy of Delos, the small Aegean island housing a great sanctuary to the god Apollo, issued in a book, Regionalism and Change in the Economy of Hellenistic Delos, published in 1994 by the University of California Press.

Three big projects now occupy me. I am now working on a book on the city of Mylasa (modern Milas) in Karia (now southwestern Turkey), treating its political history and social, economic, and cultural development in the centuries from Persian domination to late antiquity. This study will situate Mylasa in its wider regional context, and thus continue the research interests of my work on Delos. My study of Mylasa rests in particular on a great mass of unpublished inscriptions found there by Louis and Jeanne Robert and given to me by Jeanne Robert; these texts will be published in my book.

I have also been appointed by Mark Garrison and Ilknur Ozgen, Co-Directors of the Hacimusalar Survey Project in northern Lykia, to look for, study, and publish the inscriptions in the survey region. For a full overview of the project see The HACIMUSALAR Project. A Multidisciplinary Archaeological Project in Southwestern Turkey.

Finally, I am a participant in the Polis Centre Project directed by Mogens Herman Hansen. I am responsible for the section on many Aegean islands exclusive of Euboia, Rhodos, and the large islands off the Asia Minor coast (Lesbos, Chios, Samos). 

For a list of publications and papers presented (but updated irregularly), please click here.

Gary Reger, Box 702550, Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford CT 06106-3100

Phone: 860-297-2393

Fax: 860-297-5111