Roger Macfarlane

Comparative Arts & Letters

3021 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

I love teaching Latin and Greek courses (language and literature) plus the Classical Civilization and Classics courses offered in my department. When possible I enjoy teaching (study-abroad) on-site in Italy, Greece, or wherever the topics demand.


I direct the Herculaneum Papyrus Project and team with colleagues in the Ancient Textual Imaging Group, a suite of papyrological imaging projects involving colleagues world-wide.
I also participate in a new research group called Antiquity in Media Studies, where I participate in scholarship on adaptations of classical mythological subjects. Related to this is the website called, an online replication of the Oxford Guide to Classical Mythology in the Arts, 1300-1990s (Oxford University Press, 1994) which is being developed at BYU with the express permission of the Oxford University Press.

Selected Publications

De Simone, G.F. and R.T. Macfarlane, edd. Apolline Project, Vol. 1: Studies on Vesuvius’ North Slope and the Bay of Naples. Naples and Provo: Università degli Studî “Suor Orsola Benincasa” di Napoli and Brigham Young University, 2009. Distributed by Herder Verlag, Rome. ISBN 978-88-96055-007 full text at GOOGLEBOOKS
“Problems Pertaining to the Restoration, Conservation, and Reproduction of the Derveni Papyrus.” With co-author Gianluca Del Mastro. In The Derveni Papyrus: unearthing ancient mysteries, ed. by Marco Antonio Santamaria. Papyrologica Lugduno-Batava, 36. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2019. Pages 7-18.
“Exploring the Limitations and Advantages of Multi-Spectral Imaging in Papyrology: Darkened, Carbonized, and Palimpsest Papyri.” Lead author with S.M. Bay, G.H. Bearman, and T. Wayment. In EIKONOPOIIA: Digital Imaging of Ancient Textual Heritage, Proceedings of the International Conference, Helsinki, 28 – 29 November, 2010, ed. by V. Vahtikari, M. Hakkarainen, and A. Nurminen, Commentationes Humanarum Litterarum 129 (2011): 107 – 21.



I enjoy teaching in Kennedy Center-sponsored International Study Programs and plan to teach in Winter 2022 (covid-deferred from W21) a semester in Rome with a General Education focus. Having taught several such programs during my time at BYU with my colleague Mark Johnson, I think this is some of the most valuable service/teaching I perform.
Additionally, I enjoy fostering students in experiential learning opportunities.

Citizenship assignments

Department Chair, 2000-2003
Comparative Studies MA, graduate coordinator 2016-2020
Classical Association of the Middle West and South, executive committee 2015-present