CAC National Greek and Latin Sight Translation Competitions

National sight examinations in Greek and Latin for Canadian students at both the university and high school level are held every January.

The competitions normally take place in the second half of January. The deadline for application falls around December 15th. Deadlines are announced in the Fall issues of the Canadian Classical Bulletin. The organizer also maintains a list of contact persons for each institution. Please email her or him with your updates (see contact information below).

Prizes and certificates of merit are offered for the best translations, at sight, of a set passage. For the four university-level competitions, the prizes are as follows:

  • 1st Prize : $150
  • 2nd Prize : $100
  • 3rd Prize : $50

There are three prizes as well for the high-school Latin competition:

  • 1st Prize : $100
  • 2nd Prize : $175
  • 3rd Prize : $50

All expenses and prizes are provided by voluntary contributions. The Association is grateful for the financial support it has received in the past. Anyone who is interested in contributing to the Sight Translation Competition Fund may send their contribution to the CAC Treasurer, Ingrid Holmberg, Department of Greek and Roman Studies, University of Victoria, Victora, B.C., V8W 3P4 (email). Cheques should be made out to the National Latin Sight Translation Contest (CAC).

Award winners are formally announced in May at the Annual Conference and in the Canadian Classical Bulletin.

Senior Greek and Latin Competitions

  • Open to undergraduates at Canadian institutions who have had 2 or more years of Greek or Latin.
  • For Latin Competitions: the candidates must currently be undergraduates enrolled in a Canadian institution who have had 2 or more years of Latin.
  • For Greek Competitions: the candidates must currently be undergraduates enrolled in a Canadian institution who have had 2 or more years of Greek.
  • Each candidate, in his or her own university, under conditions similar to those of official examinations, will have 90 minutes for the translation. The passage may be translated into either French or English. Dictionaries may not be used.

Junior Greek and Latin Competitions

  • Open to undergraduates at Canadian institutions at the second-year level in Greek or Latin.
  • For Latin Competitions: the candidates must currently be undergraduates enrolled in a Canadian institution who are at the second-year level in Latin.
  • For Greek Competitions: the candidates must currently be undergraduates enrolled in a Canadian institution who are at the second-year level in Greek.
  • Each candidate, in his or her own university, under conditions similar to those of official examinations, will have 50 minutes for the translation. (The passages may be translated into either French or English. Dictionaries may not be used.)

Latin Competition for High School Students

  • The competition is open only to students currently enrolled in Latin in secondary schools at Canadian institutions. They should be senior students who have experience in translating standard classical Latin prose texts.
  • Each candidate, in his or her own school, under conditions similar to those of official examinations, will have 50 minutes for the translation. The Latin passage may be translated into either French or English. Dictionaries may not be used.

Passages from Previous Years

Past Award Winners

For more information :

Dr. David Meban
Campion College, University of Regina
3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK, S4S 0A2
Tel.: 306-359-1252
Email: david.meban@uregina.ca