The name CICERO is an acronym in Latin, (certamen in concordiam Europae regionumque orbis) meaning “competition to promote harmony in Europe and the countries of the world”. CICERO is an innovative competition organised by teachers of Classics in several different countries for their Year 11 and 12 students, illustrating that Latin provides a worthwhile and valid reason for young people to interact with each other across their national boundaries.
Teachers in other countries are invited to contact the organisers if they would like to join us. The competition in each country can be as large or small as you wish.
LATEST NEWS FROM THE AUSTRALIAN CERTAMEN!
The CICERO competition held in Sydney on March 24, 2012 attracted students from the following schools: North Sydney Girls High School, Pymble Ladies' College, St Aloysius' College, Sydney C.E. Grammar School (Shore) and Sydney Girls High School. Students practised a recitaion from Aeneid Book 5, enjoyed a pizza dinner, and contacted Italy and the UK through videoconferencing. It was a wonderful, friendly evening for all participants.
3.00 Welcome and video address from the director of CICERO
3.30 Rehearsal of rectitation for YouTube, composition of Latin message
4.30 Filming of recitation
5.00 Translation test (1 hour)
6.00 Dinner (pizza, salad, drink, fruit, ice cream)
7.00 Culture test (1 hour)
8.00 Video linkup with other countries; delivery of Latin message.
TIME 3 pm to 9 pm
Please use these as a starting-point only - it is a good idea to find more and to look at other books and sources as well.
You will need to know the stories/history as told by authors both ancient and modern, and be able to remember and comment on the design of (e.g.) selected paintings and sculptures. Anything about the tradition and reception of the material could be relevant, as well as the archaeological evidence. There will be several short-answer questions : just answer as many as you can!
Substantial prizes will be awarded, thanks to our generous sponsors.
Please send entries before 10th March 2012 to Dr Emily Matters, Pymble Ladies’ College: firstname.lastname@example.org. $15 entry fee covers meal and materials.
Click HERE for videos and pictures from CICERO 2011
2011 PRIZEWINNERS WERE ANNOUNCED AT THE SENIOR CLASSICS STUDENTS' DINNER ON THURSDAY 31 MARCH - Congratulations to you all!
Year 12 Translation:
SEE PHOTOS AND VIDEO OF THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN CERTAMEN!
2009 question-paper (UK, Belgium and France) on The World of Odysseus
2008 question-paper (UK, Andorra and Spain) on Hercules/Herakles
Abbey's Bookshop generously donated two first prizes worth $200 each.
as will the Classical Association of New South Wales
and the Sydney Latin Summer School
PATRON OF CICERO IN AUSTRALIA
distinguished novelist, author of An Imaginary Life (based on Ovid) and Ransom (based on the Iliad)