The Prizes

The Idea

The Latin Text

The Rules

 The Results

The Idea: Create a Web page based on the following passage that includes the following:

So: Use a Web page format to present, illuminate, and illustrate the passage below. Viewers of your page - even those with no Latin - should be able to read and understand your translation of the passage in more depth (of content and context) than print alone can convey.

Who can enter? Latin students (as individuals or groups) in middle schools and high schools whose teachers belong to the Illinois Classical Conference or to the Iowa association of Classicists (AMICI).

Prizes: First, $100; Second, $75; Third, $50 (These awards are made possible by the H.S.B. Johnson Endowment for the Classics at Augustana College)

The text for this year's contest is the opening of the fourth of Virgil's Eclogues. Virgil composed his Eclogues in the pastoral tradition pioneered by Theocritus, but here he pauses from that genre to honor the consulship of Gaius Asinius Pollio, and to announce the birth of a child who will usher in a golden age of peace. Similarities between Virgil's language and that of the prophet Isaiah led early Christians to see Virgil himself as a prophet of the Messiah. Who is the child Virgil celebrates?

 Sicelides Musae, paulo maiora canamus!
Non omnes arbusta iuvant humilesque myricae --
si canimus silvas, silvae sint consule dignae.
     Ultima Cumaei venit iam carminis aetas;
magnus ab integro saeclorum nascitur ordo.        5
iam redit et Virgo, redeunt Saturnia regna;
iam nova progenies caelo demittitur alto.
tu modo nascenti puero, quo ferrea primum
desinet ac toto surget gens aurea mundo,
casta fave Lucina -- tuus iam regnat Apollo.       10
teque adeo decus hoc aevi, te consule, inibit,
Pollio, et incipient magni procedere menses;
te duce, si qua manent sceleris vestigia nostri,
inrita perpetua solvent formidine terras.
ille deum vitam accipiet divisque videbit              15
permixtos heroas, et ipse videbitur illis,
pacatumque reget patriis virtutibus orbem.

Some guidelines, regulations and caveats. . .

How to enter: Have your sponsoring teacher (a member of the ICC or AMICI)

Dr. Emil A. Kramer
Classics Department
Augustana College
Rock Island IL 61201

Please include with your submission a Latin name for your school and your school colors (for awards certificates).

Deadline: Entries must be received by April 21, 2006 (Rome's 2759h birthday -- roughly!)

Criteria for Judging: Entries will be judged on

Judging: The faculty of the Classics Department at Augustana College will be the judges for this contest.

Notification: Winners will be notified and prizes will be distributed before the end of the school year.