Ted TurnerClassicists: Ted Turner


is the head of CNN. He majored in Classics from Brown University (USA).

martinchris.jpgClassicists: Chris Martin


of Coldplay read Classics at University College London, graduating with a first class degree.

lampard.jpgClassicists: Frank Lampard


got an 'A' in his Latin GCSE. Some footballers, it seems, are a cut above the average.

johnson.jpgClassicists: Boris Johnson


We Want YOU? Mayor of London, Boris read Classics at Balliol College, Oxford. He was also (briefly) a student at EEBII and worked in Brussels.

dido.jpgClassicists: Dido


the singer, not to be confused with a legendary Queen of Carthage, gained 'A' levels in Latin, Greek and Philosophy.

Rashbass.jpgClassicists: Stephen Fry


is someone else who needs no introduction. Broadcaster, writer, actor, he has championed the importance of a classical education in a post-modern world.

JonathanEvans.jpgClassicists: Jonathan Evans


was the Director General of MI5. He studied Classics at Bristol University.

Rashbass.jpgClassicists: Andrew Rashbass


is the CEO of The Economist .... He has a Classics and Philosophy degree from St. John's Cambridge, followed by an M.Sc. in Artificial Intelligence.

rowling.jpgClassicists: J. K. Rowling


probably needs no introduction. But just in case you did not know she studied Classics and French at the University of Exeter.


So you think Classics won't help you get a great job?


Think again!!

Yatedo has a marvellous search facility which pulls names of people who have done degrees in Classics from all over the UK ......  its a great resource to see what YOU too could do with a background in Classics. But here are some that I've culled already from the internet.

Top Picks (and most unusual):


  • President/Prime Minister/Premier of a Country
    • Nelson Mandela would have studied Latin as part of his Law degree.
  • Spy
    • Current Director-General of MI5, Jonathan Evans, studied Classics at Bristol.
    • 2009 job adverts for MI5 specifically targeted students of Japanese and Classics
    • Porter J. Goss, former director of the CIA.
  • Mayor of London
  • BP Oil Executive (hmmm .... perhaps not so good anymore)
  • Computer Guru
    • Charles Geschke, founder of Adobe systems
    • David Packard, heir to the HP fortune
  • Film and TV Star
    • Stephen Fry
  • Magician
    • Teller of Penn and Teller
  • Football Superstar
    • Frank Lampard; Alan Hanson
  • Comedian
    • Alex Horne - making fun of Classics all the way
    • Not to mention, many, many former "Cambridge Footlights" actors.
  • Pop Idol
    • Chris Martin (Coldplay)
    • Dido
    • Diana Vickers
  • Author
    • C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen Saylor, Toni Morrison, J.K.Rowling, Raymond Chandler .... etc. etc.
  • Poet
  • Professor of Pharmacology
The Usual Suspects


  • Politician
  • Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Teacher
  • Archaeologist
  • Historian
Powered by liveSite Get your free site!