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Classics Programme profiles

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Pat Wheatley

Growing up in the Canterbury high country, Pat was a farm kid who read Homer.


Sheldon Teare

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.

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Gwynaeth McIntyre

"Personally, I love the politics, the intrigue, the murder and mayhem of the Roman imperial period."

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Will Harvey

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.

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Joel Gordon

Joel began university by studying Music performance with an eye on training as a high school music teacher but, having added a BA to complement this study, quickly realised his passion for studying Classics and the ancient world.

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Dr Paul Roche

Undertaking a PhD in an area with few job prospects was both a help and a hindrance for Paul Roche.

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John Garthwaite

“Video games are full of Spartans. Hercules and Xena have their own TV shows. They are great characters and great stories.”

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Shalini Kennedy

“Studying classics allowed me to think outside the box and gave me the confidence to do anything.”

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Lauren Chambers

"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."