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Genevieve Gessert

Genevieve Gessert

Associate Professor of Art & Archaeology and Classical Studies Coordinator

Tel: 301-696-3485
Office: Tatem Arts Center, Room 106
Office hours: Monday, Wednesday: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. 


  • Ph.D., Classical Art & Archaeology, Yale University, 2001.
  • B.A., Classical Languages, University of California at Berkeley, 1994.

Courses taught

  • Art 275 History of Film
  • Art 350 Art of the Classical World
  • Art 362 Rome and Hollywood
  • Art 363 Roman Art and Culture
  • Hist 200 The Ancient World
  • Hist 204 Roman History
  • Lat 101 and 102 Introductory Latin
  • Lat 103 Latin Prose
  • Lat 104 Latin Poetry
  • Lat 299A The Latin Novel


Genevieve Gessert joined the Hood College faculty in 2002 as the first Sophia M. Libman NEH Professor. Genevieve Gessert earned her bachelor's degree in Classical Languages from the University of California at Berkeley in 1994 and her doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from Yale University in 2001. Her dissertation focused on the civic identity and urban structure reflected in the forum of the ancient Roman city of Ostia Antica, where she has also conducted an excavation since 2003. (The photo on this page shows her team from the summer of 2005.) Her next season in Ostia will be conducted in the summer of 2007, and will include students from both Hood and other American and international universities. She has conducted research and published on Roman funerary rituals, on the roles of women and children in Roman religion, and on the propagandistic appropriation of ancient Roman rituals in Fascist Italy. Dr. Gessert teaches courses in classical art and archaeology, ancient history, Latin, and Ancient Greek, and is the coordinator of the Classical Studies minor (and of the forthcoming Classical and Medieval Studies major).


  • Myth as consolatio: Medea on Roman Sarcophagi. Greece & Rome 51.2 (October 2004) 217-250.
  • Et domus et collegium: Ostias Domus del Tempio Rotondo Reconsidered. in C. Mattusch and A. Donohue eds. Classical Archaeology in Boston: Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Classical Archaeology. Oxbow Books