From childhood, Edith Hamilton was fascinated with Greek and Roman literature and mythology.
Born on August 12, 1867, in Dresden, Germany, Edith and her sister, Alice, grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After graduating from Bryn Mawr in 1894, she and Alice became the first women to attend classes at the university in Munich.
When the Hamiltons returned to the United States, Alice went on to study medicine and become a doctor. Edith was appointed headmistress of the Bryn Mawr School for Girls, in Baltimore—a position she held for more than a quarter-century.
In 1930, Hamilton published the popular book, The Greek Way. Two years later The Roman Way was released. Both books were well-received by both scholars and popular readers. One of her best known books is Mythology, which includes the famous mythological tales of the ancient world.
In 1957, at the age of 90, Hamilton was made an honorary citizen of Athens. She died on May 31, 1963.