Chris A. Gregg

Chris A. Gregg

Chris A. Gregg


Art History: Topography and urbanism of Ancient Rome and Pompeii; gender and sexuality in the Classical world; Roman imperial sculpture

Christopher Gregg received his BA and MA degrees in Latin from the University of Georgia; he earned his doctorate in Classical Archaeology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2000 with the dissertation “The Legacy of Ganymede: Homoerotic Images in Roman Art.”  Gregg’s research interests include urban development of Roman cities, the interpretation of mythological images in Roman homes, and the portraiture of Antinous.  He has taught five times at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, most recently as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in Charge for the 2016-2017 academic year and returned to the ICCS-Rome in 2022-2023 for another turn as PiC. He has also been a visiting lecturer at UNC-Chapel Hill and The George Washington University.  He has been a frequent speaker for the Smithsonian’s Resident Associate Program.  Gregg’s archaeological field work includes four seasons as Registrar for the Kalamazoo College/University of Colorado Excavations at the Villa of Maxentius (Rome), two seasons as Registrar for the NC State Roman Aqaba Project (Jordan), and seven seasons as Registrar on the University of Georgia’s Yasmina Excavations at Carthage (Tunisia). Gregg has an article in Archaeological News, “Roman Politics and Celtic Tradition: the Imperial Cult Site at Lugdunum” (1997) and an article appendix, “Material Culture from the 2005 Villa of Maxentius Season” in The Memoirs of the American Academy (2006).  In the summers of 2010 and 2012, he co-directed the Vergilian Society’s Cumae III summer study tour around the Bay of Naples. Gregg was the Professor in Charge for the University of Georgia's six-week Rome Program from 2013 to 2019, exploring the topography, monuments and art of the city from Antiquity to the 20th century. In 2023, he and colleague Lisa Bauman launched a new January term study abroad program for GMU:  "From Roman to Parisian: Shaping the Urban Experience in France from Antiquity to the Modern Age." The program was well-received and is planned to run again in January 2024. An avid traveler with a fascination for the ancient Mediterranean world, he has visited more than 120 ancient urban sites, primarily from the Greek and Roman periods. His article, “The memory of a favorite race horse: the Alumnus disc,” was published in the Journal of Roman Archaeology, Supplement 109 For the Love of Carthage, October 2020. The article focuses on a unique object that was recovered from the Yasmina Roman Cemetery in Carthage where Professor Gregg participated in seven seasons of excavation during the 1990s. 

Current Research

The intersection of gender construction and mythological imagery in the wall paintings of Pompeii.

Selected Publications

2021 Engines of Education: Essays on the George Mason University Plaster

                Cast Collection. Editor. Mason Publishing.

2021 "Art or Artifact? Reappraising the Sleeping Satyr Plaster Cast." In 

                 Engines of Education: Essays on the George Mason University

                 Plaster Cast Collection. Mason Publishing: 1-23.

2020    "The memory of a favorite racehorse: a disc of the horse Alumnus

                 from the Yasmina cemetery at  Carthage in the context of other

                 circus-related iconography," in The Journal of Roman Archaeology,

                 Supplement 109, For the Love of Carthage. Edited by J. H. Humphrey.

                 Portsmouth, Rhode Island: 93-114.

2020    “Pompeii.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics. Ed. Ruth Scodel.

                New York: Oxford University Press, Launch date: February/March

                2011. Expanded and updated August 2020.

2018    Review: Reconstructing the Lansdowne Collection of Classical Sculpture, Volumes 1

                 and 2, by E. Angelicoussis (Munich 2017). In Collections: A Journal for Museum and

                Archives Professionals 14.1.

2015   Chapter 5: “Facilities on the Gianicolo.” The Centro at Fifty: The History

                of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, 1965-2015.  

                Edited by M. Boatwright, M. Maas, and C.Smith: 76-98.


Grants and Fellowships

Term Faculty Grant for the Development the study abroad program "Art and Memory in Rome and Florence." Co-authored by L. Bauman. Fall 2019.

GEO Global Studies Development Grant for the study abroad program "Art and Memory in Rome and Florence." Co-authored by L. Bauman. Fall 2019.

History and Art History Teaching Development Grant for proposed course on the Roman Army and Imperial Monuments. Spring 2019.

Courses Taught

Art History Seminars:

Curatorial Seminar on the Mason Plaster Cast Collection

Art in the Age of Augustus: Visualizing the Pax Augusta

Pompeii: the Living City

Roman Imperial Sculpture: Portraiture and Monuments

Topography and Monuments of Imperial Rome

300 Level Art History Courses:

Ancient Roman Art and Archaeology

Art of Ancient Greece

Hellenistic Greek Art: from Alexander to the Caesars

Pompeii: Window on the Roman Past

100 Level Art History Courses:

Stories and Symbols: Greek Myth in Ancient Art

For the Honors Program:

Pompeii: Window on the Roman Past



Doctorate in Classical Archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000)

Master's degree in Latin from the University of Georgia (1991)

Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin and Classical Civilization from the University of Georgia (1989)

Recent Presentations

"Monuments, Memory and Cultural Identity in the Forum Romanum."

            Invited speaker. Biblical Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia.

            December 11th, 2019.

“A Tale of Two Altars: the Ara Pacis Augustae (Rome) and the Imperial Cult Altar

            (Lugdunum).” Invited speaker, Department of Classics, University of

            Georgia: October 14th, 2017.

"Navigating Pompeii and the Development of Roman Cities,” for the Biblical

            Archaeology Society of Northern Virginia: December 3rd, 2017.

“Masculinity, Mollitia and Myth in Roman Wall-paintings.” Mary Washington University,

            Fredericksburg, VA: April 7th, 2016

"Thucydides: I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.” Panel on Historical

            International Relations and International Security Studies, organized by

            Jay M. Parker (National Defense University).  International Studies Association

            Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA: March 18th, 2016

 “Identity, Continuity and Change in the Hellenistic City-scape.” Symposium for Power

            and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture from the Hellenistic Word.  National Gallery of

            Art, Washington, DC: March 19th, 2016.

In the Media

“Art History Faculty Contribute to an Unprecedented Exhibition,” by Vyta Pivoriunaite (, Februay 4th, 2016.


“Roma Amor” ( a film by Alan Flurry on the UGA Classics in Rome program. November 8th, 2015.