Suggestions for a graduate in Classics Civilizations?
May 11, 2013 12:30 PM   Subscribe

A relative is graduating from Trinity College, majoring in Classics. Getting her through school was long and difficult. I want to give her something. Her parents could afford any book she wanted, so rare editions are out. Any ideas on a nice gift?
posted by ebesan to Society & Culture (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Which Trinity College? If the one in Dublin, Ireland, and there are not class rings, then maybe a claddagh ring inscribed with the date of graduation. If she graduates from any of the other Trinity colleges, e.g., Texas, Connecticut, it is hard to know of any relevant traditions.
posted by Cranberry at 1:01 PM on May 11, 2013 [1 favorite]

Antique drawing of the Forum or somewhere in Athens? There are lots of these on Amazon and they aren't too expensive.
posted by chaiminda at 1:30 PM on May 11, 2013

posted by ebesan at 1:37 PM on May 11, 2013

Laurel wreath.
posted by zadcat at 2:20 PM on May 11, 2013

Find some classics-themed bling. I was given a nice watch with Roman numerals on the face, and a Greek coin that had been made into a pendant. Both of these gifts were much appreciated and have had a lot of use. Googling "ancient Roman jewelry" turned up some really pretty earrings and things made with Roman glass. Museum gift shops are surprisingly good for this kind of thing too, and a lot of them have catalogs online and ship.
posted by BibiRose at 2:24 PM on May 11, 2013

I was also a Classics major at a liberal arts college. Since she's graduated, she might now have time to enjoy the work of Anne Carson, who is a wonderful poet and translator of Greek.

Museum gift shops often have jewelry, scarves, and other things patterned on Greek and Roman designs, so you might poke around places like the British Museum and the Smithsonian.
posted by newrambler at 2:26 PM on May 11, 2013

Love the Anne Carson idea too. Antigonick would make a great gift.
posted by BibiRose at 2:29 PM on May 11, 2013

The Getty has a truly spectacular gift shop with many classically-themed items as well. I would add that if you go the jewelry route, please make sure the coins are from a reputable company-- coin looting is a serious problem and cheap coins on eBay often come from illegal digs. There also a lot of stunning jewelry pieces with micromosaics of sites (kind of an old-school look) and in Etruscan revival styles.
posted by jetlagaddict at 2:44 PM on May 11, 2013

This might help.
posted by R2WeTwo at 3:14 PM on May 11, 2013

What about a classy fountain pen?
posted by sebastienbailard at 3:41 PM on May 11, 2013

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