Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Famous People who Studied Latin, Greek, and the Classics

Lingua Latina
Latin has long been argued by contemporaries to be a useless language. That the only worth of learning Latin is for a brief time it increase one’s vocabulary or standardized test scores; however, one key factor that is often forgotten is the fact that learning any language is GREAT for your brain! Learning languages help your develop your mind and keep your brain sharp.
What do great men like Benjamin Franklin, Teddy Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill have in common?

They all were proficient in Latin.
C.S Lewis
C.S Lewis
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
Tom Hiddleston as Loki
The following people achieve degrees in Classical Studies, Ancient History, or Ancient Civilizations. These majors usually require the student’s to have working knowledge of Latin and/or Greek.

Tom Hiddleston (Actor Loki from Thor series; University of Cambridge a Degree in Classics)
Daniel Levin (Author of The Last Ember; BA in Greek and Roman Civ from U Michigan)
C.S. Lewis (Author of the Chronicles of Narnia)
Norman Clyde (mountaineer; studied Classics at Geneva College)
John Layfield

John Layfield (WWE wrestler; his degree from Abilene Christian University is in Ancient History)
Pat Meehan (US Congressman/former NHL official; majored in Classics at Bowdoin)
Susan Greenfield/Baroness Greenfield (read Classics at Oxford prior to her neurosurgery career)
Martha Lane Fox (daughter of Robin Lane Fox; dotcom millionaire type; studied Ancient History)
Peter Weller (Robocop; MA in Roman and Renaissance Art from Syracuse)
J.K. Rowling (author of some famous series about a boy wizard; not sure if she completed a degree but did study Classics at Exeter)
Ruth Padel (British author/poet; studied Classics at Lady Margaret Hall Oxford)
Nick Owen (BBC Broadcaster; Classics degree from Leeds)
J.K Rowling
J.K Rowling
Chris Martin (Lead singer of Coldplay; degree in Greek and Latin from UCL)
Anthony James Leggett (Nobel Prize winner for Physics; initial degree was in Classics from Balliol/Oxford)
Martha Kearney (BBC Radio presenter; studied Classics at St Anne’s College, Oxford)

Chris Martin from Coldplay.
Chris Martin from Coldplay.
Charles Geschke (co-founder of Adobe systems; BA in Classics from Xavier)
William Cohen (former US Secretary of Defense; BA in Latin from Bowdoin)

Jerry Brown (Governor of California; BA in Classics from UCal Berkeley)
James Baker (former US Secretary of State: BA in Classics from Princeton)
John Buchan (Scottish Novelist; Canadian Governor General; studied Classics at UGlasgow and Oxford)
Boris Johnson (Mayor of London; degree in Classics from Balliol)
Gough Whitlam (former Prime Minister of Australia; degree in Classics from USydney)
William Weld (former governor of Massachusetts; AB in Classics from Harvard College)
Teller (Penn’s silent sidekick; not sure if he has a degree from Amherst College but he did teach Latin at the high school level)
Oscar Wilde:Author, Playwright & Poet (The Picture of Dorian Gray and many other novels, plays andpoems) – Studied at Dublin and Oxford
Thomas Jefferson:3rd President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence
Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook – Latin and Ancient Greek in High school
Karl Marx: Philosopher and socialist – Classics Ph. D
Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry: British media personality and actor (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Alice in Wonderland, V for Vendetta)
Friedrich Nietzsche: Philosopher – Professor at the University of Basel
Toni Morrison:Author and winner of the Noble Peace Price (Literature)
Robert Griffin III (Studied Latin in Baylor University; Quarterback for NFL’s Washington Redskins)

1 comment:

  1. I am not famous but I have a Classics minor obtained in the 90s; this minor consisted of 4 semesters of Latin translation, Greek and Roman Mythology, Greek and Latin history, and ancient philosophy.

    I so enjoyed each of these classes, and still have some of the literature which I return to occasionally. I count the days I spent studying the language and thought of the ancients as some of tbe most fulfilling of my life. I would recommend the Classics to anyone interested in real learning.