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Certamen - the game with the buzzers!
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Welcome to the first round of the LiveJournal Certamen Tournament 2004...

First tossup: to what is the community certamen dedicated and when was it surrected?

Correct answer: It was made in late July of 2004 before the 2004 National Convention at University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia, and it is dedicated towards all classics students, players of certamen, members of the National Junior Classical League, teachers, and other interested LJ users.

Bonus 1: what may one discuss in the community certamen?

Correct answer: anything the heck you, the certaminist/student/teacher/JCL'er, want, as long as it is reasonably on topic involving the game of certamen. Topics may range from buzzer tips, moanings and groanings over passage questions, or deliberations on the Holy Passage of Aurelia.

Bonus 2: how may one get in contact with the gorgeous cette_vie?

Correct answer: you answered your own question. My LJ is one of the best places to find me, but I'm also available on AIM at all hours of the day (and sometimes, night), with the screenname "aurelia cui urbs".

Now, a few words from our sister communities.

njcl02 is dedicated to the National Junior Classical League and welcomes any students or teachers interested in the classics or being a member of JCL.

apocolocyntosis is dedicated to the study, discussion, and occasionally, mockery of classical literature, open to any LiveJournal user interested in ancient meter, literature, authors, or documents.


For the benefit of certaminists, here are official sources as cited by the 2004 NJCL Convention Booklet.

NOTA BENE: For categories III and IV below, the Oxford Classical Dictionary, 2nd edition remains the summa auctoritas, though some questions may be taken from teh new entries of the 3rd edition.

I. Allen and Greenough, and also Gildersleeve and Lodge, are the authorities on grammar and syntax; Lewis and Short as well as the Oxford Latin Dictionary are the authorities on spelling, vocabulary, translation into English, and the occurrence or non-occurrence of forms. Any good English dictionary is an adequate source for etymology and Latin abbreviations used in English.

II. There is no single source for mythology. An answer must be verifiable in one of the following dictionaries or in an original source. Questions based on a particular author's variant version of a myth will be so stated: e.g., "according to Ovid" or "in Euripides."

- Michael Grant and John Hazel, Gods and Mortals in Classical Mythology
- Mark Morford, Classical Mythology (3rd edition or later)
- Edward Tripp, Crowell's Handbook of Classical Mythology
- Meridian Handbook of Classical Mythology (Paperback version of previous title)
- Pierre Grimal, Dictionary of Classical Mythology

III. For Roman daily life the source is Harold Johnston's Private Life of hte Romans. For Roman History, there are four sources:

- The Oxford Classical Dictionary, 2nd and 3rd editions
- M. Cary and H.H. Scullard, A History of Rome (3rd edition)
- Heichelheim, Ward, and Yeo, A History of the Roman People
- The Penguin Dictionary of Ancient History

IV. The sources of literature are:
- The Oxford Classical Dictionary, 2nd and 3rd editions
- The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature
- Latin Literature: A History by Gian Biagio Conte
- A History of Latin Literature by Moses Hadas
- Crowell's Handbook of Latin Literature by Lillian Feder

(The information here is copied verbatim although certaminists are advised to check the 2005 NJCL Convention Booklet for updates and revisions.)

Please do not forget to introduce yourself, your occupation (teacher/student, etc), your level of study if a student, your favorite [type of] question that you've ever been asked/ that you would like to write, and feel free to include something humorous about your experience with the Hydra, or the 12-buzzered machine we use for certamen.

And now, a final word(s):

Aurelia, cui urbs placuit, in Aegypto cum familia ingenti erat. Tredecim ludos magnos Iovis visitare coeperunt. Deinde, equus domum recurrit. Eheu!