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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 there 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 2018-19

Federalist No.18 By Alexander Hamilton and James Madison: Among the confederacies of antiquity, the most considerable was that of the Grecian republics, associated under the Amphictyonic council. From the best accounts transmitted of this celebrated institution, it bore a very instructive analogy to the present Confederation of the American States.The members retained the character of independent and sovereign states, and had equal votes in the federal council. This council had a general authority to propose and resolves whatever it judged necessary for the common welfare of Greece; to declare and carry on ware; to decide, in the last resort, all controversies between the members; to fine the aggressing party; to employ the whole force of the confederacy against the disobedient; to admit new members. The Amphictyons were the guardians of religion, and of the immense riches belonging to the temple of Delphos, where they had the right of jurisdiction in controversies between the inhabitants and those who came to consult the oracle. As a further provision for the efficacy of the federal powers, they took an oath mutually to defend and protect the united cities, to punish the violators of this oath, and to inflict vengeance on sacrilegious despoilers of the temple.In theory, and upon paper, this apparatus of powers seems amply sufficient for all general purposes. In several material instances, they exceed the powers enumerated in the articles of confederation. The Amphictyons had in their hands the superstition of the times, one of the principal engines by which government was then maintained; they had a declared authority to use coercion against refractory cities and were bound by oath to exert this authority on necessary occasions. Very different, nevertheless, was the experiment from the theory. The powers, like those of the present Congress, were administered by deputies appointed wholly by the cities in their political capacities; and exercised over them in the same capacities. Hence the weakness, the disorders, and finally the destruction of the confederacy. The more powerful members, instead of being kept in awe and subordination, tyrannized successively over all the rest. Athens, as we learn from Demosthenes, was the arbiter of Greece seventy-three years. The Lacedaemonians next governed it twenty-nine years; at a subsequent period, after the battle of Leuctra, the Thebans had their turn of domination

Previous Winners

2017-18: 1st prize: Daniel Squire ($1,500)


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)