Χαῖρε, ἀσπάζομαι! I’m Dan Houston. I teach ancient Greek and Latin at Deerfield, coach wrestling, and supervise the speech and debate program.
My own journey to classics began in high school, when, guided by a passionate teacher, I discovered the depth, beauty, and persistence of Greek and Latin literature. Inspired though I was, I didn’t study classics right away. I tried—and failed—to be a musician, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and narrowly escaped several desk jobs. Happily, I found my way back to classics, and I’ve been at it ever since.
Classics is, of course, a huge discipline, and we all have our specialties: mine is the history of Greek and Latin grammar and grammar texts. Ask me about it sometime; or don’t, if you’re in a hurry. I’m also inspired by Greek philosophy, Sanskrit grammar, and Indian literature and philosophy. I trained at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania’s Rare Book School, and I’ve held fellowships at the Walters Art Museum, the George Peabody Library, and the Library of Congress.
Before Deerfield, I taught at Johns Hopkins, Loyola University Maryland, Gilman School, and Cardigan Mountain School (where I also served as director of spiritual life).
Here at DA, I live in Scaife II with my wife, Kellie (assistant director of the annual fund at DA), and our daughter, Evelyn. Oh, and our cats Dorian and Kelmscott and our lovable mutt Wyn.