CONTEXTS FOR CLASSICS is pleased to present our December

"Translation into the Visual:  Images of Roman History"

a discussion led by Alison Byrnes
MFA candidate, School of Art and Design

Tuesday, December 6, 2005
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tisch Hall 2015D (Comparative Literature Library)

The content of Roman literature remains relatively constant while the mode of creating images based on Roman literature varies widely.  Multiple "readings"of texts and the Roman qualities valued by those cultures creating the images affect translation into the visual.  Reception theory, whereby the meaning of a text is determined by the interaction between the text and its reader, provides a useful framework for revealing how different people over time conceive of the Romans and the idea of history via interpretations through images.  Anachronism, obvious or subtle, is evident in all images of Romans, pointing to the complex relationship between word and image.  Alison Byrnes traces this visual history, from illumination to painting to film and to her own work - anachronistic paintings of Roman history.

Light refreshments will be served!

Announcing the 4th Annual


Students from all departments are invited to submit translations of texts from Latin, Ancient Greek, and Modern Greek.

We know that there are many people inspired by the beauty of these languages who wish to render them more freely and creatively than classwork often involves. This contest is intended to highlight the work of students who are interested in the process of translation as a creative, intellectually meaningful enterprise. We welcome students in Classics and other languages and literatures as well as creative writers and students interested in translating Greek and Latin into other media, such as music, the visual arts, screen arts, theater, dance, etc.

Faculty in all departments are encouraged to announce this contest to their classes. We invite graduate students to inform their own undergraduate language and writing classes about this contest, and to enter it themselves.There will be two categories of contestants: undergraduate students and graduate students. Prizes will be given in each category for the first, second, and third place winning entries of original translations from the languages of Greek or Latin of any era. Winning authors will have the opportunity to present their translations and receive their prizes at the annual Classics awards ceremony.

Winners for the Classical Translation Contest:

Undergraduate Prizes:

 Coming soon.

Graduate Prizes:

Coming soon.