The Herington Greek and Latin Poetry Prizes, established in 1999 by Maynard and Florence Mack in memory of John Herington, are awarded for the best oral performance of assigned passages of Greek and Latin poetry. There are two cash prizes, one in Greek and one in Latin. The competition, open to all undergraduates taking Greek or Latin at UNC, takes places every year in the fall.
Greek Poetry Reading Winner
Sophomore Classics major (combined Greek and Latin)
“I started learning Greek this past summer. I have a soft spot from this summer for the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, so Fortune favored me with this Hymn to the Dioscuri! This was my first time attending the Herington competition (I was out of town last year!), and it served as a lovely reminder of the unifying nature of poetry. It was great to see the different, yet familiar, faces of our department reciting either the Herington passages or poems of their choosing. I can’t wait for next year!”
Latin Poetry Reading Winner
Junior Latin and Political Science double major
“I’ve enjoyed reading Latin poetry since High School; my favorite authors are Vergil, Horace, and Martial.”