“Video games are full of Spartans. Hercules and Xena have their own TV shows. They are great characters and great stories.”
Aspects of what I learnt studying Classics, such as ancient manufacturing methods and materials, are useful to my work as a Conservator as we have to understand how an object was made and from what before we can treat it.
Growing up in the Canterbury high country, Pat was a farm kid who read Homer.
"Personally, I love the politics, the intrigue, the murder and mayhem of the Roman imperial period."
Undertaking a PhD in an area with few job prospects was both a help and a hindrance for Paul Roche.
“Studying classics allowed me to think outside the box and gave me the confidence to do anything.”
Beyond the written and verbal skills a Classics degree endows you with, it makes you open-minded and able to interact freely, courteously and civilly with all types of different people.
"I decided to make Classics my major at Otago because it combines everything I am interested in: literature, history, languages, art, and mythology as well as architecture and archaeology."