ASCS Prizes and Awards


Greek and Latin Unseen Translation Competition

This annual Competition was introduced in 2007. It is open to second and third year undergraduate students in Australian and New Zealand universities. It involves a 45-minute unseen test in either the first or the second week of October. Entries are to be made by academic staff teaching relevant Greek and Latin classes. There is a prize of AUD$250 for the best entry in each language.

The Co-Ordinator for the 2014 Competition was Dr Patrick O’Sullivan (; the supervisor of the Greek section was Assoc. Prof. Robin Bond (, and of the Latin section, Dr Jane Bellemore (

The co-ordinator of the 2015 competition was Dr Paul Roche of the University of Sydney (; the supervisor of the Greek section of the competition was Dr Amelia Brown of University of Queensland ( and of the Latin section Dr Jane Bellemore from the University of Newcastle (

2015 Competition – Latin

Winner: Patrick Henning (University of Melbourne)
Honourable mentions: Katie Logan (University of Auckland); Lucie Smith, (University of Auckland)

2015 Competition – Greek

Winner: Tom Hardman (University of Melbourne)
Honourable mentions: Octavian Catrinei (University of Melbourne)
Grant Kynaston (University of Sydney)


Douglas Kelly Australian Essay Competition

(Formerly the ASCS Australian Essay Competition)

This annual Competition, which has been running since 1990, is open to undergraduate students in Australian universities. The essay submitted may be a revised version of an essay, tutorial paper or seminar paper by a student enrolled in a first, second or third year course. The essay may be on any aspect of Classical Studies (that is, the languages, history, thought and archaeology of the Ancient World). The length should be between 2000 and 3000 words, and the entry should be submitted through the ASCS Representative in each Australian university. The closing date for entries is usually towards the end of November each year. The first prize is currently $500, and there are up to two prizes of $100 each for “runner-up” entries. In 2015 the competition was renamed in honour of longtime ASCS member Doug Kelly.

2015 Competition:

Coordinator: Peter Davis
Judges: Graeme Miles (UTas) and Graeme Burke (UNE)

Grant Kynaston (University of Sydney), ‘GERAS: The “New Sappho” and the Mimnerman Tradition’
Daniel Hanigan (University of Sydney), ‘“To gar geras esti geronton”: On the Paradox of Gerontocracy in Homer’s Iliad
Nicola Bodill (University of Sydney), ‘Will these hands ne’er be clean? - The Furor in Hercules Furens


ASCS New Zealand Essay Competition

This annual Competition was initiated by the Classical Association of Otago in 2002 and named in honour of John Barsby, the Professor (now retired) of Classics at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. In 2009 ASCS assumed responsibility for the funding of the prizes, which currently are NZ$200 for first place and NZ$75 for second place. The winning essay is usually published in Scholia, the international journal which is edited by the present holder of the Chair of Classics at the University of Otago, Professor William Dominik.

2015 Competition:

Judges: Arlene Allan, Enrica Sciarrino, Sean McConnell

First place: Callum Aldiss (UVic): ‘Religious Observanc : Bees, Roman Virtues and Virgil's Fourth Georgics’
Second Place: J. Joseph Boucher (Otago): ‘Money Grown on Trees: Charting Change in the Agrarian Economy through Oleiculture in the Later Roman Empire’


OPTIMA (“Outstanding Postgraduate Talk In a Meeting of ASCS”)

This annual Award, introduced at ASCS 31 (2010) in Perth, is aimed at rewarding the outstanding postgraduate presentation at the ASCS annual conference. First prize for the Award is AUD$400, with up to two runner-up prizes of AUD$100 each.

2015 Competition:

Coordinator: Lea Beness
Judges: Diana Burton, John Davidson, Roger Pitcher

Winner: Paul Johnston (Auckland): ‘Divine epiphanies in Homer and Euripides’
Runners up: Byron Waldron (Sydney): ‘The Invisible Empresses of Diocletian: The Exclusion of Imperial Women in the Late Third and Early Fourth Centuries’; Joel Gordon (Otago): ‘Who the hell is Hades? Hades’ reception within modern film’


Early Career Award

This annual Award, introduced in 2005, is intended to offer acknowledgement and some financial support to those who are “early career” scholars, and to assist them in the development of an academic career. The Award is currently worth AUD$3000. Applications are open to those who have completed a doctorate by research in the last five years at an Australian or New Zealand university, and who do not hold a full-time teaching or research position at a university or tertiary institution or who are in a full-time but non-academic position.

2015 Competition:

Coordinator: Alison Griffith
Judges: Enrica Sciarrino, Geoffrey Dunn

Winner: Dr. Sonia Pertsinidis (ANU)


Student Conference Travel Subsidies

ASCS sets aside an amount of money each year (usually AUD$3000-4000) to provide subsidies for postgraduate and other students at both Australian and New Zealand universities towards the cost of travel to attend its annual conference. Subsidies are provided towards the cost of travel only, but not for the costs of registration or accommodation. Students are also encouraged to investigate whether funding for conference travel is available from their own department or university.

It is a condition of applying for a subsidy that the applicant be a current member of ASCS. Applications are usually called for in October each year. For further information contact the ASCS Postgraduate Representative.

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