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Triple triumph for Classics and Ancient History student in Australasian Society for Classical Studies prizes

By Dr Bob Cowan

22 January, 2013

For the second year in a row, there has been a clean sweep for the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney, winning all three of the undergraduate prizes awarded by the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, as announced at its annual meeting in January 2013. This time, however, the three prizes have -- unprecedentedly -- been won by the same student, Thomas Wilson.

Thomas was awarded first place in the following competitions:

·       Australian essay competition prize: for an essay entitled “τοῖς παθήμασιν: The subordination of tragedy to comedy in Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazousai and Frogs

·       Greek translation prize

·       Latin translation prize

The highly prestigious essay competition has been running annually since 1990. Entries come from undergraduates at all levels at universities throughout Australia, and essays cover a very wide range of topics on the archaeology, history, languages and literature of the ancient world. In many cases, winning essays have been published, and winners have gone on to establish successful academic careers.

The translation competitions were established in 1997 and are open each year to senior-level undergraduates in both Australia and New Zealand. In a single week, students across the two countries translate previously unseen passages of Greek and Latin literature, which may come from any Classical author.

SOPHI students, from the Departments of Classics and Ancient History and of Archaeology, also won all three prizes in 2011.

January 2013


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