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: 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.

martinchris.jpgClassicists: Chris Martin


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

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.

Ted TurnerClassicists: Ted Turner


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

JonathanEvans.jpgClassicists: Jonathan Evans


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

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.

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.

lampard.jpgClassicists: Frank Lampard


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


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
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