Your coursework will go beyond the traditional study of languages and society of ancient Greece and Rome to provide a broader view of the ancient world and its relation to our own time. You will be encouraged to study in Athens or Rome.

Ianno Recco '16, right, with Professor John McEnroe on Crete.
Ianno Recco '16, right, with Professor John McEnroe on Crete.

Ancient languages, art history and a plan for the future

Ianna Recco ’16’s bedtime stories were Greek myths; her mother is from Greece, and Recco grew up to major in classical languages. She traces her other major, art history, back to her artist father. Her eventual goal is a job in curatorial work, maybe in a classics collection where her ancient languages could come in handy. “I feel like even if I don’t end up working in a museum, for whatever reason, that I could really do anything, just because I have this breadth of knowledge. And especially, they really emphasize writing here at Hamilton, so I’ve really honed my writing skills. I guess any employer would really like to see that,” Recco says.

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Larry Allen '09, left, when he worked as an educator in Kazakhstan.

A graduate’s progress:
teaching and the classics

Larry Allen ’09, a teacher with a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Pennsylvania, says his classics major is a great conversation starter. It also informs his work.

“Professionally, the classics have played an enormous role in influencing my teaching. When I was in graduate school, my professors often commented that I approached teaching history and social sciences from a different direction than many of my classmates. I can’t imagine teaching world history without art and literature playing a central role in the class,” Allen says.

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