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 four 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. 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 2020, he and colleague Lisa Bauman launched a new summer study abroad program for GMU, "Art and Memory in Rome and Florence," which they hope to run in 2022. They are leading a January program for Mason in Paris and southern France in 2022: "From Roman to Parisian: Shaping the Urban Experience in France from Antiquity to the Modern Age." 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.
The intersection of gender construction and mythological imagery in the wall paintings of Pompeii.
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.
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.
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)
"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.
“Art History Faculty Contribute to an Unprecedented Exhibition,” by Vyta Pivoriunaite (http://chss.gmu.edu/articles/9121), Februay 4th, 2016.
“Roma Amor” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvvyR39rXhg&feature=youtu.be) a film by Alan Flurry on the UGA Classics in Rome program. November 8th, 2015.