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Prizes and Honors / George Morey Richardson Latin Translation Prize

Description. The Richardson Latin Translation Prize is open to all UC Berkeley students. A first-place prize and second-place prize are awarded for the best translation of classical English into Ciceronian Latin. 

History of the Prize. The Richardson Latin Translation Prize was established through the will of George Morey Richardson of Berkeley, dated May 16, 1896: "I give and devise to The Regents of the University of California, two lots or parcels of land, situated in Highland Trust, Oakland Township, Alameda County, State of California, to expend the income therefrom or from the proceeds thereof, when sold, for an annual prize known as the 'Richardson Latin Translation Prize,' to be awarded to undergraduates (later to include graduate students) of the University of California for the best translation of classical English into Ciceronian Latin." The prize was established in 1896.

Please review the General Rules for Competitive Prizes.

Contest deadlines vary. Please check the Prizes and Honors home page for this prize's deadline.

George Morey Richardson Latin Translation Prize Passage 2017-18

John Locke, An Essay concerning Human Understanding, Book One, Chapter One          It is an established opinion amongst some men that there are in the understanding certain innate principles—some primary notions, koinai ennoiai [= Greek for “shared notions”], characters, as it were stamped upon the mind of man—which the soul receives in its very first being and brings into the world with it. It would be sufficient to convince unprejudiced readers of the falseness of this supposition, if I should only show (as I hope I shall in the following parts of this Discourse) how men barely by the use of their natural faculties may attain to all the knowledge they have without the help of any innate impressions, and may arrive at certainty without any such original notions or principles. For I imagine anyone will easily grant that it would be impertinent to suppose the ideas of colours innate in a creature to whom God hath given sight, and a power to receive them by the eyes from external objects; and no less unreasonable would it be to attribute several truths to the impressions of nature, and innate characters, when we may observe in ourselves faculties fit to attain as easy and certain knowledge of them as if they were originally imprinted on the mind. But because a man is not permitted without censure to follow his own thoughts in the search of truth, when they lead him ever so little out of the common road, I shall set down the reasons that made me doubt of the truth of that opinion, as an excuse for my mistake, if I be in one—which I leave to be considered by those who, with me, dispose themselves to embrace truth wherever they find it. There is nothing more commonly taken for granted than that there are certain principles, both speculative and practical (for they speak of both), universally agreed upon by all mankind: which therefore, they argue, must needs be the constant impressions which the souls of men receive in their first beings, and which they bring into the world with them, as necessarily and really as they do any of their inherent faculties. This argument, drawn from universal consent, has this misfortune in it, that if it were true in matter of fact, that there were certain truths wherein all mankind agreed, it would not prove them innate, if there can be any other way shown how men may come to that universal agreement, in the things they do consent in, which I presume may be done.

Previous Winners

2016-17: 1st prize: Daniel Squire ($1,400)


2015-16: 1st prize: Michael Zellmann-Rohrer ($1,000); 2nd prize: Daniel Squire ($400)


2014-15: 1st prize: Michael Zellman-Rohrer ($1,000); 2nd prize: Tom Recht ($500)


2013-14: 1st prize: Michael Zellmann-Rohrer ($1,500)


2012-13: 1st prize: Jared Hudson and Michael Zellman-Rohrer ($750 each)


2011-12:1st prize: Michael Zellman-Rohrer ($2,000)


2010-11: 1st prize: Jared Hudson ($1,500); 2nd prize: Thomas Hendrickson ($500)


2009-10: 1st prize: Jared Hudson ($2,000)


2008-09: 1st prize: Jared Hudson ($1,500); 2nd prize: Antonia Pham Young ($500)


2007-08: 1st prize: Jared Hudson and Boris Rodin ($1,000 each)


2006-07: 1st prize: Jared Hudson ($2,000)


2005-06:1st prize: Wilson Shearin ($1,500); 2nd prize: Kurt Lampe ($500)


2004-05: 1st prize: Kurt Lampe ($2,000)


2003-04:1st prize: William Michal Short ($1,500); 2nd prize: J. C. Geissmann ($500)


2002-03: 1st prize:William Short ($2,000) 2001-02: 1st prize: Jon Christopher Geissmann ($1,000)


2000-01: 1st prize: Dylan Sailor ($1,000)


1999-00: 1st prize: Dylan Sailor ($1,000); 2nd prize: Amir Baghdadchi ($500)


1998-99: 1st prize: Dylan Sailor ($500)


1997-98: 1st prize: Dylan Sailor ($500)