When one flips through the front pages of the newspaper, or scrolls through the pages of the internet, Classicists aren't usually the people who make the headlines.
Or are they?
There are many people who began their successful careers with a degree in Classical Studies, or by studying the languages, and have gone on to make significant contributions to literature, science, philosophy, and many other areas. Classical Studies is not a unilateral degree which leaves you with only a sparse set of skills once you graduate. A Masters degree in Classics is not the only option after graduating from a B.A. Here is a comprehensive list of people who went on to explore other areas of interest after their Classics degree.
|J.K. Rowling:||Author of the Harry Potter books and A Casual Vacancy - University of Exeter, England |
|Mark Zuckerberg: ||Creator of Facebook - Latin and Ancient Greek in Highschool |
|J.R.R. Tolkein:||Author of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and many other novels and short stories - Exeter College, Oxford |
|Stephen Fry:|| British media personality and actor (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Alice in Wonderland, V for Vendetta) |
|Karl Marx: ||Philosopher and socialist - Classics Ph. D |
|Friedrich Nietzsche:|| Philosopher - Professor at the University of Basel |
|Oscar Wilde: ||Author, Playwright & Poet (The Picture of Dorian Gray and many other novels, plays and poems) - Studied at Dublin and Oxford|
|Chuck Geschke:|| Co-founder of Adobe Systems - Xavier University|
|Boris Johnson:|| Mayor of London - Oxford University |
|Tom Hiddleston: ||Actor (Avengers & Thor) Pembroke College, Cambridge|
|Robert Millikan:|| Noble Prize Winner (Physics) - Undergrad |
|Anthony Leggett: ||Noble Prize Winner (Physics) - Undergrad |
|Jonathan Evans:|| Head of the MI5 (British Secret Service) - Latin and Greek at Bristol University |
|Chris Martin: ||Singer (Coldplay)|
|Thomas Jefferson: ||3rd President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence |
|Toni Morrison:|| Author and winner of the Noble Peace Price (Literature) |