Cambridge University Reporter

Members' Classical Prizes: Notice

Statutes and Ordinances, 2006, pp. 706 and 812

Two Members' Classical Translation Prize and two Members' Classical Reading Prizes are open for competition in the academical year 2006-07 to all members of the University in statu pupillari, other than Graduate Students, who have kept not more than seven terms on the first day of the Michaelmas Term 2006.


Members' Classical Translation Prizes are offered for the translation into English verse in any style and form appropriate to the original of a passage or passages of Greek or Latin verse set by the Examiners. One Prize is offered for the translation of Greek verse and one for the translation of Latin verse. A copy of the translation shall be presented by each successful candidate to the Library of the Faculty of Classics. The passages of Greek and Latin verse set for translation in 2006-07 are:

Theocritus 6

Valerius Flaccus, Argonautica 7, 210-255

Candidates may compete for Prizes in one or both languages but the winner of a Prize may not compete a second time in the same language. Candidates must send three copies of their translations to the Registrary so as to reach him not later than 17 January 2007.

The translations must be printed or typewritten; they must bear a single motto (i.e. a short sentence or phrase in English or Latin script, but not the candidate's name) and must be accompanied by a sealed envelope bearing outside the same motto and the words 'Members' Classical Translation Prizes', and containing the candidate's full name and College. The present value of the prize is about £150 each.


Candidates who wish to offer themselves for the Members' Classical Reading Prizes must send their names to reach the Registrary not later than 17 January 2007. One Prize is offered for the reading of Greek, and the other for the reading of Latin. The winner of a Prize may not compete a second time in the same language. Candidates for the prizes will be required to read aloud in their chosen language:

(a) a set piece of verse and a set piece of prose. For 2006-07 the passages are:
1. Sophocles, Philoctetes, 254-284; Thucydides 3.37
2. Iuvenal 12.52-82; Valleius Paterculus 2.107
(b) one unprepared piece of verse chosen by the Examiners;
(c) one piece of verse or prose chosen by the candidate; this piece should be comparable in length with the pieces given in (a) above.

The competition will be held in the Classics Faculty Building during the first half of the Lent Term. Candidates will be informed in due course of the time at which they should attend.

The present value of the Members' Reading Prizes is £100 each.


Two or more Members' Classical Essay Prizes shall be awarded each year. One Prize shall be awarded for a thesis submitted by a candidate for Part II of the Classical Tripos, and one for a thesis submitted by a candidate for the examination in Classics for the M.Phil. Degree (one-year course). Each successful candidate shall present a copy of his or her thesis to the Library of the Faculty of Classics. The current value of the prize is about £250 each.


A number of these Exhibitions, currently worth up to a maximum of £525, are awarded each year, to enable students to travel to Greece, Italy, and other Mediterranean lands. No application is required; the Exhibitions are awarded in June on the results of the Tripos and Preliminary examinations.


Grants are open for applications in the Lent and Easter Terms for travel in the Easter and Long Vacations by those students reading for the Classical Tripos who have not received a Henry Arthur Exhibition. Preference in making the awards is normally given to those who have not visited the Classical lands before, who carry a strong recommendation from their Director of Studies, who have worked out a thoughtful and productive itinerary (or who have been accepted to take part in archaeological fieldwork or course of study), and who have performed satisfactorily in their examinations. Details and applications forms will be circulated to Directors of Studies.

Awards are also available from these funds for graduates; these are for travel to Classical lands not directly related to research. Those whose travel is specifically work-related should apply to the Finance Committee Secretary on the appropriate form.