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Prizes and Honors / Thomas G. Rosenmeyer Greek Translation Prize

Description. The Thomas G. Rosenmeyer Greek Translation Prize is awarded to a graduate or undergraduate for the best translation of classical English into an appropriate classical Greek style. Appropriate styles include those of Plato and of the classical Attic orators, but other styles appropriate to the content are not excluded, such as the style of Herodotus, or even verse composition. The selection will normally be formal English prose and will be 350 to 500 words in length. 

History. The Rosenmeyer Prize was established in 1995.

Please review the General Rules for Competitive Prizes

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

Thomas G. Rosenmeyer Greek Translation Prize Passage 2016-17

I confess, that there are several parts of this Constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them: for having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgement of others. […] In these sentiments…I agree to this Constitution, with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered, and believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic Government, being incapable of any other. I doubt too whether any other Convention we can obtain, may be able to make a better Constitution. For when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men, all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views. From such an assembly can a perfect production be expected? It therefore astonishes me…to find this system approaching so near to perfection as it does; and I think it will astonish our enemies, who are waiting with confidence to hear that our councils are confounded…and that our States are on the point of separation, only to meet hereafter for the purpose of cutting one another's throats. Thus I consent…to this Constitution, because I expect no better, and because I am not sure, that it is not the best. The opinions I have had of its errors, I sacrifice to the public good…Much of the strength and efficiency of any Government in procuring and securing happiness to the people depends, on opinion, on the general opinion of the goodness of the Government, as well as of the wisdom and integrity of its Governors. I hope therefore that for our own sakes as a part of the people, and for the sake of posterity, we shall act heartily and unanimously in recommending this Constitution …wherever our Influence may extend, and turn our future thoughts and endeavours to the means of having it well administered.

Benjamin Franklin
Constitutional Convention, September 17, 1787

Previous Winners

2015-16: Michael Zellmann-Rohrer ($1,000)


2014-15: 1st prize: Tom Recht ($750); 2nd prize: Michael Zellman-Rohrer ($250)


2013-14: Tom Recht and Michael Zellmann-Rohrer ($500 each)


2012-13: Tom Recht and Michael Zellmann-Rohrer ($500 each)


2011-12: Tom Recht ($700); Michael Zellmann-Rohrer ($300)


2010-11: Tom Recht and Michael Zellmann-Rohrer ($500 each)


2009-10: Tom Recht ($1,000)


2008-09: Boris Rodin ($750); Honorable Mention: Joel Street ($250)


2007-08: Nardini Pandey ($500)


2006-07: Boris Rodin Maslov ($500)


2005-06: Boris Rodin Maslov ($500)


2004-05: Boris Rodin ($500)


2003-04: William Michael Short ($500)


2002-03: Jon Christopher Geissmann ($500)


2001-02: W. H. Shearin ($500)


2000-01: Dylan Sailor ($500)


1999-00: Dylan Sailor ($500)


1998-99: Dylan Sailor ($500)


1997-98: Dylan Sailor ($500)