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AIDAN GRAY, Cambridge PhD in Classics

Major: taught 4 years

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

After growing up in India, Poland, Azerbaijan, and Mexico, I attended Princeton University, where I first started teaching for Splash. I discovered a passion for the ancient world, and majored in Classics with a certificate in Creative Writing. Since then, I have worked for Princeton's undergraduate admissions department, and traveled to Dublin, Ireland, for an MPhil in Classics from Trinity College. I spent the last year teaching Latin and Greek at the Haberdashers' Aske's School in Hertfordshire, England, and am currently enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge University.

In addition to ancient history, I am extremely passionate about music, theater, improv, stand up comedy, variant sudoku puzzles, traveling, learning languages, cooking, and poetry.

Past Classes

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H787: How to Go Viral on Ancient Greek Spotify in Rainstorm Summer 2021 (Aug. 14 - 15, 2021)
What did the chart-topping hits of 400 BC actually sound like? Who were the rock stars in the time of Plato? And how does the intensely musical culture of the Ancient Greeks continue to affect us and the way we think about music? Grab your aulos (flute), gut a nearby farm animal (to make lyre strings) and pull up a chair: this course will serve as your one-stop introduction to the sounds of the Ancient Greek world! And along the way we'll learn why one writer thought flute players looked like giant frogs, why the world's first organ was a total pain to play, and why people who complain about "the music young people listen to today" are really just rehashing millennia-old cliches!

H788: How to Become the Stephen King of Ancient Rome in Rainstorm Summer 2021 (Aug. 14 - 15, 2021)
Stephen King is one of the best selling authors of all time largely due to his ability to write books that people find truly frightening. There's something people seem to love about being scared out of their wits-- as evidenced by the plethora of scary movies, haunted houses, and The News. 1900 years ago, the same thing was true. Ancient Roman literature is replete with tales of dread and terror. Angry ghosts, gore-covered witches, psycho cannibals and violent werewolves. But how exactly did horror work in the Roman Empire? What does it tell us about their culture and their beliefs? And what makes it so timeless and effective? Join us to learn about the story that influenced everything Shakespeare ever wrote, why Cicero considered people who enjoy horror stories to be insane, and the real life Emperor who inspired countless blood-curdling tales...