Jess receives commendation in Sam Hood Translation Competition

Jess’s translation in the competition run by Omnibus magazine received an “especially warm commendation”

We are so proud to learn that Jess C-J has received an “especially warm commendation” from the judges of the Sam Hood Translation Competition run by Omnibus magazine, a Classical magazine run by JACT. Jess, who entered the fiercely contested annual competition for U19 students, received a Highly Commended award.

Jess chose a passage of Cicero’s De Verrines to translate, updating the context to Brexit, so that Cicero was attacking Johnson as well as other luminaries from British politics.

Dr Katherine Clarke, Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, celebrated; Jess’ success, commenting “The judges were particularly impressed by [her] reinterpretation of Cicero for a parallel modern context, while not losing sight of the Latin”, congratulating Jess on “an excellent piece of translation”.

What an amazing achievement. Well done, Jess!


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