Academic Contests

Academic Heptathlon, Academic Decathlon, Ancient Geography, Classical Art, Grammar, Greek Derivatives, Greek Life and Literature, Hellenic History, Latin Derivatives, Latin Literature, Mottoes, Abbreviations and Quotations, Mythology, Reading Comprehension, Roman History, Roman Life, Vocabulary

Academic Heptathlon

Seven sections, each with questions from mythology, Roman history and life, grammar, vocabulary, Latin derivatives, Greek derivatives and Reading Comprehension. See below for the sources. N. B. This contest is a good practice for lower level students for the decathlon, which is for upper level students.

Academic Decathlon

There will be special awards for the persons making the highest scores in this contest. It will consist of 95 questions and five tiebreakers. Students who have completed fewer than two years of Latin at the high school level are NOT encouraged to enter this contest. Topics on the test are as follow: reading comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, Latin derivatives, Roman history, Roman life, Latin literature, mythology, Greek derivatives, and geography of the ancient world. See below for the sources. This will be a very rigorous contest. For further information contact Laura Long, Academic Contest Chair, at 615 Harper Road, Clarksville, TN 37043 or by Email at

Ancient Geography

Most first and second year Latin texts, and historical atlases with maps of the Ancient Roman Empire and the Mediterranean world.
Map of Rome: Roma Urbs Imperatorum Aetate (P100)
Student Map of Rome (P101)
Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome by Leslie Adkins and Roy Adkins, Chapters 3 and 5 (B461)
A Roman Map Workbook by Elizabeth Heimbach (B326)

Classical Art

The purpose of this contest is for students to gain an understanding of classical times through the art of the period.
The Art of Greece and Rome by Susan Woodford (ISBN 0521540372)
The Oxford History of Classical Art by John Boardman (ISBN 0192853376)
N.B. This contest will be in a separate evening session. It will involve viewing slides and other types of images.

Classical Greek

This test is being piloted for three years (2013-2015). During this time period NO SWEEPSTAKES POINTS WILL BE GIVEN for this test. Ribbons and medals will be awarded. At the end of the three year period, the need for this academic test will be evaluated. The test will consist of vocabulary, forms (identification, analogies etc), grammar (sentences, translations etc) and passage(s).
Suggested sources are:
Any elementary Greek textbook
Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek by J. Morwood (ISBN 0195218515)
Greek Grammar by H. Smyth (ISBN 0674362500)


Levels 1/2 and I – Any first year Latin text; A New Latin Grammar by Allen and Greenough (B39)
Levels II, III, IV, and V – A New Latin Grammar by Allen and Greenough (B39)

Greek Derivatives

No knowledge of the Greek alphabet is necessary
Greek-English Derivative Dictionary by R. Schaeffer (B103)
Dictionary of Latin & Greek Origins by Bob Moore and Maxine Moore (B113)
Latin and Greek in Current Use by Burriss and Casson (ISBN 0135249910)
James Greenwald has graciously allowed us to provide his Greek derivatives dictionaries for free:Greek Derivatives (PDF)

Greek Life and Literature

History of Greek Literature by Moses Hadas (ISBN 0231017677)
Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece by Leslie Adkins and Roy Adkins (ISBN 0816031118)

Hellenic History

From the Helladic Period up to the death of Alexander.
Ancient Greece from Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times by Thomas R. Martin (ISBN 0300084935)
Ancient Greece: A Political, Social and Cultural History by Sarah B. Pomeroy (ISBN 0195097424)

Latin Derivatives

Latin-English/English-Latin Derivatives Dictionary by R. Schaeffer (B101)
James Greenwald has graciously allowed us to provide his Latin derivatives dictionaries for free: Latin Derivatives (PDF)
Dictionary of Latin & Greek Origins by Bob Moore and Maxine Moore. (B113)
Latin and Greek in Current Use by Burriss and Casson (ISBN 0135249910)

Latin Literature

History of Latin Literature by Moses Hadas (ISBN 0231018487) (with very little after p. 352 except major Christian authors)
The Cambridge History of Classical Literature, Vol. II Latin Literature (ISBN 0521210437)
A Handbook to Latin Literature by H. J. Rose (ISBN 0865163170)
Latin Literature by Gian Biagio Conte (ISBN 0801862531)

Mottoes, Abbreviations, and Quotations

Amo, Amas, Amat and More by E. Ehrlich (ISBN 0062720171)
Latin Everywhere, Everyday by Elizabeth Heimbach (ISBN 0865165726)


Classical Mythology by Mark Morford and Robert Lenardon (ISBN 0195153448)
Meridian Handbook of Classical Mythology by Edward Tripp (ISBN 0452009278)

Reading Comprehension

Latin 1/2, Latin I, Latin II, Advanced Prose (Levels III, IV, V, and VI)
Advanced Poetry (Levels III, IV, V, and VI)
Students of Levels III – VI may take ONE OR BOTH of the Reading Comprehension tests
On the Margin by M. Balme (ISBN 0199124000) is a good example for this competition.

Roman History

A History of the Roman People by Heichelman, Yeo and Ward (ISBN 0130384801)
A History of Rome by M. Cary and H. H. Scullard (ISBN 0312383959)
The Romans: From Village to Empire by Boatwright, Gargola and Talbert (ISBN 0195118758)
A History of Rome to A.D. 565 by Sinnigen and Boak (ISBN 0024108006)
Livy: Stories of Rome, translated by Roger Nichols (ISBN 0521228166)
A Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome by Leslie Adkins and Roy Adkins (B461)

Roman Life

The Private Life of the Romans by Harold Whetstone Johnston, (ISBN 1410203506)
Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome by Leslie Adkins and Roy Adkins (B461)


Latin Word Building and Etymology by J. D. Sadler (J6)
Basic Latin Vocabulary by Donald J. Brunel (B101)