The Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney warmly congratulates its 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 February 2012.
This follows a similar clean sweep in last year’s competitions by students from Classics and Ancient History and from the Department of Archaeology.
First prize winners were:
- Australian essay competition prize: Brennan Nicholson, on “Punctuating Interruption; Interrupting Punctuation: An Investigation of the Interruption at Iliad 1.292”
- Greek translation prize: Christian Katsikaros
- Latin translation prize: Thomas Marr
In addition, Thomas Wilson was highly commended in both the Greek and Latin translation competitions, and Nicola Bodill in Latin translation.
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 both 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.