The 2022 Sam Hood Translation Prize

The judges are keen to encourage elegant and stylish translations from Greek and Latin prose and verse. Try your hand at translating any one of the following passages (verse passages may be translated into either verse or prose, as you consider most appropriate):

Homeric Hymn to Pan 1-21

Aristophanes, Knights 626-51

Plato, Protagoras 322cl-323a4

Horace, Odes 1.14

Suetonius, Nero 26

Virgil, Georgics 2.490-512

Texts of these passages are available here, but you may use any text that is available to you, provided that you include with your translation a copy of the text you have translated.

The judges will be looking for accuracy but also, and especially, for creativity when making their decisions.  The competition is open to anyone under 19, still in full-time pre-university education.  Entries should contain a statement for a teacher, containing the teacher’s e-mail address confirming that this is the case

The prize-winner will receive not only a cheque for £75 but also a book of classical poetry.

Entries should be submitted electronically, as e-mail attachments, preferably in Microsoft Word format, to Professor Robin Osborne: [email protected]

Deadline: 8th July 2022

The Gladstone Memorial Essay Prize

Through the generosity of the Gladstone Memorial Trust, Omnibus is again able to offer prizes for excellent essays on classical themes.  The competition is open to anyone under 19 and still in full-time education who has not yet completed A levels or IB.  Entries should contain a statement from a teacher confirming that this is the case

The first prize stands at £200, the second at £100.  Essays must not exceed 2000 words.

The topics for 2022 are:

  1. What is the most interesting encounter between two characters in Greek tragedy that you have read, and why do you think so?
  2. What part does Ascanius play in the story of the Aeneid?
  3. In what ways is the Iliad the story of Ilion (Troy)?
  4. What did power look like in Classical Athens or Late Republican Rome or early Imperial Rome?
  5. What does Greek and/or Roman art tell us about Greek and Roman ideas of masculinity?
  6. What were the attractions to Plato or Xenophon of writing dialogues as a way of doing philosophy?
  7. Why does the modern world find the Romans so fascinating?

Entries should be submitted electronically, as e-mail attachments, preferably in Microsoft Word format, to Dr Claire Gruzelier: [email protected]

Deadline: 8th July 2022

Please give your name, school, and e-mail address on your essay, and keep a copy for yourself.

The judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.

You can read previous winning entries into the Competition:

Anna Drummond Young on Plato (Issue 75)

Claudia Thomas on Aeneid 8 (Issue 71)

Natalya Khan on Roman Britain (Issue 67)

Ellie Moodey on Ovid (Issue 63)

Adam Lomax on Cleon (Issue 59)