The Louisiana Classicist

May 8, 2010

film contest: last call for submissions

Filed under: announcement,opportunities — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 11:47 am
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A reminder from Andrew Reinhard (Bolchazy-Carducci) about the classical student film contest:

The submission deadline for the second annual Terence Awards for Excellence in Classics Student Filmmaking is approaching. Entries must be either submitted electronically or postmarked by May 30th. If your students completed end-of-year or end-of-semester projects that were movies, they are eligible to submit them for cash and book prizes sponsored by Excellence Through Classics and Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers (and me!). Full contest rules are below. Apologies for the length of this post.

I am pleased to announce the second annual Terence Awards. These cash awards and prizes will be given to those junior high, high school, and university students whose videos convey Classics in a way that is informative, entertaining, or both. Please read on for details:


Cash prizes and free books will be awarded to the winning filmmaker or team in the following categories:

1 Best Picture, Junior Prize (junior high, high school, or homeschool student(s) ages 11-18 at the time the film was created)

1 Best Picture, Senior Prize (college or university students aged 18+ at the time the film was created)

1 Best Foreign Film Prize (all levels, students who are non-US citizens living outside of the United States and its Territories at the time the film was created)

The Best Picture and Best Foreign Film prizes recognize excellence in student filmmaking which include exceptional creativity, superb writing, acting, and production of a movie with Classical themes including, but not limited to history, mythology, and/or culture. Movies may be set in any time period (past, present, future, or a combination thereof) and can be live-action, animated (including machinima), or a mix of live action and animation. The use of Latin and/or Greek is encouraged, but not required. Subtitles may be used.

1 Best Use of Latin in a Film Prize (all levels, Classical, Medieval, Vulgate, etc.)

1 Best Use of Greek in a Film Prize (all levels, Homeric, Attic, or Koine)

The Best Use of Latin/Greek prizes celebrate excellence and creativity in the integration of Latin and/or Greek into a student-created film. To be eligible for these prizes, the films must contain Latin/Greek subtitles and/or Latin/Greek spoken dialogue or narration.

A single film can win both a Best Picture prize and a Best Use of Latin/Greek prize. The Best Foreign Film prize-winner is also eligible to win Best Picture (Junior) or Best Picture (Senior).

Winners will also have their videos featured on the eClassics homepage for one month, and will be designated as a Terence Award-winner for all time.

Special thanks to Excellence Through Classics (ETC) for a grant to fund cash prizes for the Best Picture winners (both Junior and Senior) and Best Foreign Film. Winners of Best Use of Latin/Greek will receive vouchers for free books from Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers.

Winners will be announced at the American Classical League Summer Institute on June 27, 2010, and will be simultaneously posted on eClassics and on various Classics discussion lists.

Winners will be paid either by check or EFT, or can have their winnings payable to their school’s Latin Club, JCL, or NJCL chapter. Winners of the book vouchers will receive a special code for use with online purchases at Bolchazy.

How to Enter

1) If you (or all members of your film production team) were a junior high or high school student (grades 6-12) during the period of January 1, 2009-May 30, 2010, or if you were a homeschool student aged 11-18 during this same period, you are eligible for all prizes except Best Picture (Senior). If you (or all members of your film production team) were enrolled in a college or university during that same period, you are eligible for all prizes except Best Picture (Junior).

2) Videos must contain Classical (or Classically-informed/inspired) content. Videos produced for Latin or Greek class projects, videos on subjects from Greek and/or Roman mythology, videos on Greek and/or Roman history will be considered. Video submissions containing Latin and/or Greek (all or in part) are strongly encouraged. Videos may be live-action, animated, or both, and can include audio and video samples as long as those samples are credited. Videos should follow the MPAA ratings guide for “G”, “PG”, or “PG-13” content. Submissions containing profanity, nudity, graphic violence, or obscenity will not be considered.

3) Videos must be submitted in .avi, .mov, or .mpg format, or via a URL should the video submission be hosted on eClassics, YouTube, TeacherTube, or other online video content provider. Videos may be of any length. Videos must have been created during the period of January 1, 2009-May 30, 2010.

4) Submissions may be posted by students (or their teachers) on and must include a tag/keyword of “Terence”. Alternately, submissions may also be submitted on CD, DVD, or flash drive, mailed to:

Andrew Reinhard
c/oTerence Awards
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers
1570 Baskin Road
Mundelein, IL 60060

5) One submission per student (or student group if created as a collaborative project).

6) Submissions must be postmarked on or before May 30, 2010. Late submissions will not be considered. Submissions cannot be returned.

7) There is no entry submission fee.

8) Questions about the contest should be sent via email to

Good luck!


May 6, 2010

Latinists in the LSU Reveille, 6 May 2010

Filed under: just for fun — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 9:30 am
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Several current LSU Latin students, including recent scholarship winner James Hamilton, participated in an article on local historical fighting clubs.

Fighters practice chivalry sport in Baton Rouge

By Elizabeth Clausen

Forget Fight Club — those who want to test their strength in battle need look no further than the Baton Rouge area.

Ordo Procinctus is a medieval-inspired fighting group fusing modern technique with the weapons-based style of the Middle Ages.

. . .

Ludus Tigridum offers students a chance to release their inner gladiators.

“The name means ‘School of the Tigers,’” said James Hamilton, Latin junior.

Hamilton started the group last year to promote classical studies through authentic Roman entertainment.

April 1, 2010

German University students to live like gladiators

Filed under: just for fun — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 8:12 am
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found via the Latinteach listserv, Latinteach Digest, Vol 183, Issue 5

student gladiators

University students to live like ancient Roman gladiators 29 Mar 2010

Twenty students from the University of Regensburg plan to live and train in the style of Roman gladiators from 79 AD and stage a battle for scientific research this summer, the project’s Bavarian organisers said on Monday.

2010 scholarship winners!

Filed under: announcement — Ann E. M. Ostrom @ 5:00 am
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from Jane Webb (LSU), head of the high school scholarship committee:

The winner of the LCA High School Scholarship this year is Chris Cochran of Baton Rouge Magnet High School, a student of Yuri Weydling. He has studied Latin since his middle school years and has taken Latin II, III-H, IV-AP, and V-AP at BRMHS under Yuri’s direction. He is presently the editor of the LJCL Newsletter and tutors other students in Latin at BRMHS. His present ambition is to major in Classical Studies. His teacher feels that he is both a natural scholar and a well-rounded young leader who will one day be a Classics professor. The LCA is proud to support this young scholar and we wish him well in his future endeavors.

from Nathalie Roy (Episcopal, BR), head of the college scholarship committee:

The LCA Committee for the Robert J. Edgeworth Scholarship for College Classics Student is pleased to announce that James Hamilton is this year’s recipient of the scholarship. James is a current student of Dr. Wilfred Major at LSU. In the words of Dr. Major, “James is a wonderful representative of education in the Classics in Louisiana. With a year of high school Latin, he entered McNeese University and under the tutelage of Scott Goins developed a consuming passion for all things Classics. He is currently at LSU, where he is a top student in Latin, Greek and courses in translation, as well as a leader in Classics-related activities on campus. He is aiming to go on to graduate school, working on comedy and pedagogy.” Congratulations to James, Willie, and the fine classics program at LSU!

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