Darryl A. Phillips

Classics goes Hollywood

June 11, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I read a review of the new film “My Life in Ruins” (from the team that gave us “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”).  Seems that the main character is an “unemployed Classics professor turned tour guide”.  Nice to see Classics is getting some exposure, but wouldn’t it be nice to have an employed Classicist featured (though this probably wouldn’t make for as compelling a story-line: grading papers, thinking up new ways to teach the Latin subjunctive, serving on College committees, etc).

Reminds me of my one week gig as a tour guide in Rome many years ago when I was an “under-employed” Classics grad student. 

I’ll wait till “My Life in Ruins” is out on dvd.  But if you’ve seen it, let me know what you thought.


One Comment

  • Michael S. Overholt

    This reminds me of my first experience in Rome where we arrived without our luggage and due to complications in our tour itinerary I was given the role of tour guide of the Colosseum. You may like to here that I was an employed Latin teacher but not much beyond. Oh yeah, I did manage to lose two chaperones within the first 3 hours there.

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