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New York Classical Clubs Contests 2019: Oral Reading of Greek and Latin

  • 417 Mathematics Building Columbia University 2990 Broadway New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Can you rhapsodize like Homer or orate like Cicero?  Come and compete against other Greek and Latin enthusiasts and win these prizes offered by the New York Classical Club:

Prizes for the Oral Reading of Greek: 1st: $300; 2nd: $200; 3rd: $100.

Prizes for the Oral Reading of Latin: 1st: $300; 2nd: $200; 3rd: $100

Any student of Greek or Latin (elementary or secondary school, college or graduate level) is eligible to compete.  Contestants may compete for both the Greek and Latin prizes, or for either one.

 Format of the Contests

1. One set passage for all contestants:

a) Greek: Iliad, Book 3, lines 191-202

b) Latin: Aeneid, Book 4, lines 345-61

 2. One passage of ancient Greek/Latin literature chosen by the individual contestant (poetry or prose, ca. 15 lines).  Contestants are requested to supply three photocopies of this passage for the judges.

NB: Memorization is not required.  Most contestants read from a script.

To enter, e-mail Professor Katharina Volk ( by April 6th.