Edith Hamilton

Most people think that life is over at 90; but at 90, Edith Hamilton was just getting started. Edith Hamilton was a famous author who helped to make classical writing from Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome popular. She studied Greek mythology. She had very famous books but her most famous ones were books on Greek life. Edith Hamilton was born in Dresden, Germany on August 12, 1867 but grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her father taught her Latin when she was only seven. Edith was very well educated, she went to Miss Porter’s School and she graduated from Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia in 1894. She and her sister traveled to Germany and were the first women to attend the universities of Munich and Leipzich. In 1896 Edith became the headmistress of the Bryn Mawr Preparatory School in Baltimore, Maryland. For the next twenty six years Edith was in charge of about 400 girls every year. She retired in 1922 and started to write. She was sixty three when she published The Greek Way in 1930 and in 1932 she published The Roman Way. She compared life in ancient civilization to life in modern day America. Her books were hugely successful! Edith was awarded honorary degrees from Yale University, the University of Rochester, and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1957, at the age of 90, Edith traveled to Greece where she was made an honorary citizen of Athens, Greece. Edith Hamilton died on May 31, 1963 in Washington, D.C.

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