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After studying in Leipzig and Munich, Edith Hamilton was invited
by M. Carey Thomas to head The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore; she
was only 29. To the students, she was "a venerated presence-remote,
terrifying, and incredibly demanding." After her retirement
she admitted that she never liked the work.
More to her liking was her life in New York, where she made literary
and theatrical friends. The publication of The Greek Way in 1930
brought acclaim, but there was some criticism from scholars about
translation and interpretation. Edith Hamilton did not claim to
be a scholar; her commitment was to the unverifiable "truths
of the spirit" she found in ancient writers. More...