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2011 Contest

The 10th Annual


Students from all departments across the University of Michigan are invited to submit translations of texts from Latin, Ancient Greek, and Modern Greek. Submissions are due by April 1, 2011.

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 (graduate and undergraduate) and up to three prizes of $100 will be given in each category for 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 on April 14, 2011.

For more information please visit our RULES FOR CFC TRANSLATION CONTEST page .


Winners for the Classical Translation Contest

Undergraduate Prizes:

Doron Bloomfield, "Jaw" (translation from Pindar, Pythian Ode 12)

Michael Hatty, "Menaechmi II.I" (translation from Plautus, Menaechmi)

Helen Maria Ioannou, "Translating Womanhood: Voices from Greece" (translations from Efstathia and Kiki Dimoula)

Erika Nicole Valdivieso, "The Menaechmi in the Old West" (translation from Plautus, Menaechmi)

Graduate Prizes:

Cassie Miura, "Philosophaster" (translation from Robert Burton)

Garrett Ryan, "De Contemptu Mundi" (translation from Bernard of Cluny)


with Professor Ruth Caston and Cassie Miura

WHERE: 2015C Tisch
WHEN: 4pm on Monday, March 14th 2011
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.  

Professor Caston 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.