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AIDAN GRAY, Senior studying classical history




Major: Classics (Ancient History)

College/Employer: Princeton

Year of Graduation: 2018

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I was born in Maryland and grew up overseas. I attended St Albans high school, and then Princeton University as a Classics major in the ancient history track. My independent work has focused on the Etruscans, particularly Etruscan pirates, and the Mycenaeans and Egyptians--how Egyptian mythology may have influenced early Mycenaean thought. My Senior thesis is about the Hittites, Egyptians, and Mycenaeans, and how they conceived of the past and thought about time. I am also a creative writing certificate student, writing a novel about fear and art. I direct shows for the Princeton Shakespeare company, I'm the artistic director for Lobster Club Improv Comedy, and I do stand-up comedy for the Princeton Tonight show.



Past Classes

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The Age of Bronze: Greece before Ancient Greece in Splash Spring 2018
Anyone who's read the Iliad or the Odyssey has heard of Bronze Age Greece, buried somewhere in the distant past; a world of death-masks and epic poetry, convoluted mythology and difficult to read pictographs. The period between about 1650 BC and 500 BC is rather murky, but the few tantalizing clues about long-lost civilizations available to us have captivated historians for generations. Come and find out who the Mycenaeans were! Whether or not there was a Trojan war! And what went on in the Bronze and Dark Ages to create the Ancient Greece we know of.


Egyptian Mythology 101 in Splash Spring 2017
Egyptian mythology contains some of the oldest and most fascinating stories in the entire history of civilization. Come learn the answers to vital questions such as: What is the Set beast? Who's holding up the sky? Will Ammit the devourer eat my heart? What exactly is written in the "Book of the Heavenly Cow"? Find out the answers to all this and more in Egyptian Mythology 101!


Mind = Blown 101 (Elementary Paradoxes and Logic) in Splash Spring 16
\textit{If you replaced every word in this course description over the course of a year, would you still have the same course description one year later?}\\ If questions like this keep you up at night, then stop by our brief course on Paradoxes! We will begin with an overview of the field of logic, and then dive right into discussing some of the most intriguing, baffling, and mind blowing paraxodes ever conceived. Come to discover the limits of rational thought, stay because of the crippling existential despair!