John C. Rouman, Ph.D.
John Rouman is a distinguished Greek-American scholar, a Professor Emeritus and the University of New Hampshire, after whom the John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series is named. Dr. Rouman earned his B.A. at Carleton College, his M.A. at Columbia, and his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin after studying Byzantine History at Rutgers University and serving as a Fulbright Scholar in Byzantine Greek at the University of Kiel in Germany. Although his research interests span many subfields within the Classics--Greek Epic, Greek Lyric and Elegy, Linguistics, pedagogy, Greek epigraphy, Silver Latin, Ovid, Pliny the Younger--but he is especially interested in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies.
His 40-year teaching career at the University of New Hampshire is punctuated with many teaching honors and awards for service. He served as the Chair or Coordinator for the Classics Department and programs during most of that time. In 1985 the UNH Alumni Association awarded him with its Distinguished Teaching Award. The Classical Association of New England (CANE), a professional organization for which he has served as president and representative abroad, honored him in 1991 with the Barlow-Beach Award for service in the Classics. Also in 1991, the American Philological Association presented him with the association's National Award for Excellence in the Teaching of the Classics.
Over the years of his teaching career, he dedicated many hours of service to the university community by serving on many committees--the University Senate, administrative search committees, for example--and as a faculty advisor. He has been appointed to the New Hampshire State Board of Education as an examiner in Latin and Greek and served as a consultant for the National Classical Greek Examination. Professor Rouman has been a stalwart for the National Junior Classical League, coordinating and hosting several Annual Conventions at UNH. He Professor Rouman is also an active member and officer of many professional associations and is listed in Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World. Among his many scholarly presentations, he has participated in international congresses and conferences, and delivered addresses both in the U.S. and abroad, particularly in connection with his current research on the History of Nicephorus Bryennius who defended Constantinople against Godfrey de Bouillon in 1097, negotiated the peace between Bohemund of Antioch and the Emperor Alexius Comnenus, and turned the scales against the sultan of Iconium in 1116.
A proud Greek-American, Professor Rouman has been continuously active in the Greek-American community. He has delivered many speeches locally, and throughout New England, as well as serving as an advisor to a large number of Greek-American students. In 1993, this service to the Greek community was recognized by the Order of AHEPA: he received the coveted Pericles Award from District 9.
In 1998, in honor of Professor Rouman's service to the university and Greek community, a lecture series was endowed and named after him at the University of New Hampshire. HCS viewers are invited to read more about the John C. Rouman Classical Lecture Series on the Classical World and Hellenic Studies webpages of HCS and to read the individual lectures of renowned Classicists and speakers who have addressed capacity crowds in New England: Drs. John Silber, Bernard Knox, Brunilde Ridgway, Anna Marguerite McCann, Stanley Lombardo, and Victor Hanson.
Professor Rouman has contributed a number of articles and material to HCS, among them: "Nicephorus Bryennius and Anna Comnena: The "Roman" Xenophon and Thucydides of Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Constantinople," and "One More Document From the Elders of Vatoussa" (translation).