Announcing the 9th 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:

 Ben King, "The Tale of Hercules and Cacus" (from Book 8 of Virgil's

Sarah Kunjummen, "Baucis and Philemon" (from Ovid's Metamorphoses)

George Smyrnis, "Romiosini" (from poem in modern Greek by Yannis

Christina Vallianatos, "City Official" (from poem in modern Greek by Sakis Serefas)

Graduate Prizes:

Garrett Ryan, "Miles Gloriosus" (from Plautus)

Emma Sachs, "Sextus Propertius 3.5" (from Sexti Properti Elegiearum)


with Spencer Hawkins and Matthew Pfaff

WHERE: 2024 Tisch
WHEN: 3-5pm on Friday Feb. 12, 2010
WHAT TO BRING: a passage in Greek, Latin, or modern Greek that you are interested in translating

This workshop is open to UM undergraduates and graduate students in any department who would like to prepare a submission for the annual Classical Translation Contest sponsored by Contexts for Classics.  (Contest rules below; entries due March 31, 2010.)  

Matt and Spencer will discuss approaches to the art of translation: working with fragments, appropriating modern styles, using multi-media, hip-hop, and other ideas for recreating Greek or Latin texts in English.  
Spencer Hawkins is a graduate student in comparative literature who works on Greek, Spanish, French and German; Matthew Pfaff is a graduate student in comparative literature who works on Greek, Latin, and English.  Both are previous winners of the CFC Classical Translation Prizes.  
For more info: mpfaff@umich.edu or  spenseur@umich.edu