"from Hampden College to Benjamin Jowett to Periclean Athens"
 Benjamin Jowett was an English classicist, known for his translations of Plato. He was Master of Balliol College, Oxford.

Periclean Athens refers to the period of Ancient Greek history during which the city of Athens fell under the influence of the charismatic orator and statesman Pericles (c. 495–429 B.C.), bringing about the city's Golden Age. Pericles encouraged the art and literature in the city, and brought about a stable period of democracy, improving the economy as well as the quality of life of those living in Athens.