CICERO international competition UPDATE

This year’s competition on Saturday 24th March will be the best ever!  Not only will your students get the opportunity to chat by videoconferencing with fellow-competitors from as far afield as Serbia and Australia, attempt two fiendishly difficult tests, try for prizes of up to £150 and fill a useful space on their UCAS form – there will be guest lecturers as well!  Ingo Gildenhard, the author of the new book on Cicero’s Verres oration, will be speaking at the London venue, and details of other speakers can be found on the UK page of the website

Do encourage your students to take part in the 6th year of this unique competition.  It generates a feeling of genuine fellowship between young Classicists around the world.  Its Latin acronym is actually true!  CICERO: Certamen In Concordiam Europae Regionumque Orbis (a competition to promote harmony throughout Europe and the countries of the world).

Details of how to enter can be found on the UK page of the website, where you will find a downloadable flyer and entry form.  If you click on the 2011 page you can get some idea of the atmosphere generated then, with video-clips and messages from the international participants.  UK venues are Edinburgh, Guernsey, Liverpool, London, and Malvern.

I am co-ordinating the UK competition again now, because Carl Buckley became seriously ill at the end of last year.  His CICERO colleagues from around the world join me in sending our best wishes for his recovery.

from Anne Dicks (co-founder and webmaster of CICERO)