Roger Woodard


Roger Woodard.

Roger Woodard


Roger Woodard


Interim Chair - fall 2023 & spring 2024
Andrew V.V. Raymond Professor of the Classics
Editor, Arethusa

Research Interests

Greek literature; Roman, Greek, and Indo-European religion and myth; anthropology of Greece and Rome; Greek alphabet and other writing systems; Indo-European linguistics; the interaction between the Near East and Greece


  • PhD, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, 1986

Selected Publications

  • The Textualization of the Greek Alphabet (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
  • Myth, Ritual, and the Warrior in Roman and Indo-European Antiquity (Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • Indo-European Sacred Space: Vedic and Roman Cult. (University of Illinois Press, 2006).
  • The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World’s Ancient Languages. Organizer, editor and contributor. (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
  • Ovid: Fasti. In collaboration with A. J. Boyle. Translation and commentary of Ovid’s work on Roman festivals and religion. (Penguin Books, 2000, reissued 2004).
  • Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer: A Linguistic Interpretation of the Origin of the Greek Alphabet and the Continuity of Ancient Greek Literacy. (Oxford University Press, 1997).

Offices in Professional Organizations

  • President of the Society for the Study of Greek and Latin Language and Linguistics, 1992-2001

Honors and Awards

  • CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2006 for The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World’s Ancient Languages, 2004
  • Sustained Achievement Award, UB Exceptional Scholars Program, 2002

Research Projects

  • Ongoing research in my several areas
  • A new project on the origins of Greek conceptualizations of language

Undergraduate Courses

Myth and Religion in the Ancient World; Ancient Greek

Graduate Courses

Aristotle; Hesiod; Homer; Greek Lyric; Apollodorus; Plutarch; Roman Religion; Indo-European Linguistics; Greek and Latin Linguistics; Sanskrit