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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 2019-20

We can no longer afford to worship the god of hate or bow before the altar of retaliation. The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. And history is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self defeating path of hate....  We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood—it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late.” There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect....  We still have a choice today: nonviolent coexistence or violent coannihilation. We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace...and justice throughout the developing world, a world that borders on our doors. If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.  Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world. This is the calling of the sons of God, and our brothers wait eagerly for our response. Shall we say the odds are too great? Shall we tell them the struggle is too hard?...Or will there be another message—of longing, of hope, of solidarity with their yearnings, of commitment to their cause, whatever the cost? The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise, we must choose in this crucial moment of human history.... And if we will only make the right choice, we will be able to transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of peace. If we will make the right choice, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. If we will but make the right choice, we will be able to speed up the day...when “justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

Previous Winners

2018-19: Daniel Squire ($2,500)


2017-18: Daniel Squire ($1,000)


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


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)