SOPHI students top in Australasian Society for Classical Studies prizes

The Department of Classics and Ancient History and the Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney warmly congratulate their students, who have won all three of the undergraduate prizes awarded by the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, and announced at its annual meeting in January 2011. First prize winners were:

Essay competition prize: Harrison Jones, on “Oikist cults at Cyrene, Delos and Eretria”
Greek translation prize: Paul Touyz
Latin translation prize: Nicholas Olson

The highly prestigious essay competition has been running annually since 1990. Entries come from undergraduates at all levels at universities throughout Australia, and essays cover a very wide range of topics on the archaeology, history, languages and literature of the ancient world. In many cases, winning essays have been published, and winners have gone on to establish successful academic careers.

The translation competitions were established in 1997 and are open each year to senior-level undergraduates in Australia and New Zealand. In a single week, students across the two countries translate previously unseen passages of Greek and Latin literature, which may come from any Classical author. Achieving a fluent and idiomatic translation in strict exam conditions, without use of a dictionary, is a challenging task!

February 2011

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