I had a very nice chat with the professor in Chapel Hill. Unfortunately, he didn't tell me anything good. Carolina doesn't let you get a second bachelor's degree. I can't go right into a master's program in archeology, either. I can't go right into a master's program in classics at Carolina because they expect everyone to on to get a Ph.d, and they require that students really know their stuff.
The professor actually recommended that I take another year of Greek classes where I work, and then next summer, go to a good, intensive summer Latin program, the kind of thing where you learn a year or more of material in eight weeks or something. The program he recommended is at a college in Brooklyn. Like I'm made of money. But his point was that then I could go into a post-bacc program and it wouldn't take so long to get through it because I'd have so much preparation.
I don't think I could actually do that. Money, mostly.
At one point he was saying why not get a master's in library science. I told him no one with that degree that I spoke to about getting one could tell me anything positive about the experience. I related the tale of a guy who used to work in reference where I work. He had gotten a law degree, and then decided he didn't want to practice law, and so he was getting a library degree at Carolina to become a law librarian. I spoke to the guy about it, and he said, "If you get a library degree, go someplace where it's a one-year program. I'm in that two-year program at Carolina, and it's like pulling teeth."
And I said to the professor yesterday, "This is supposed to encourage me?" in a voice approaching that of Zoidberg.
The professor seemed to understand.
Maybe I should give up on this classics grad school idea. Maybe I should just try and be a classics dilettante, like Tony Perrottet. His book is good.