Classical Association of NSW


The chief object of the Classical Association New South Wales Inc. is to promote the development of classical studies in New South Wales. The Association was founded in 1909 and conducts a range of activities, including lectures, social functions, workshops and a Latin and Greek reading competition for school students. It sponsors the annual Sydney Latin Summer School and is the co-sponsor of the journal Classicum. From time to time it provides financial and other assistance to various classical causes, activities and publications, such as the Todd lecture series.

We welcome new members to add support to our activities, and in particular the efforts to confirm and strengthen the teaching of classical languages in schools and universities.

The Classical Association of New South Wales now has a Facebook profile.


Calendar of Events for 2019 - click here

CANSW Annual General Meeting
Saturday 23 March, 1.30pm
CCANESA Boardroom, University of Sydney.
To be followed by a public talk by Elisabeth Slingsby titled ‘He Surpassed All in Virtue and Vice: Two Lives of Alcibiades’ (please note change of speaker)


Past events

2018 Todd Lecture
Friday, 19 October at 6.00pm
Stephen Harrison (Oxford) 
Pushing genre boundaries: expanded epigram in Horace and Propertius.

2018 AGM and Lecture by Prof. Christopher Faraone (University of Chicago)
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
Click here for details

Report of 2017 Annual Dinner

Latin Summer School 2017

Part of the crowd of 232 students at the 2017 Latin Summer School.
(Click to open a larger version in a new window.)

Latin Summer School 2017 on ABC Radio:
Click here to visit the ABC website (including audio download)


Media articles of of interest

Students alive to dead languages
All Greek to them: classics back in vogue as schools embrace languishing languages
Cupid and Psyche: Return to Classics points to future
Opinion: Why Latin is Worth Studying? - by Year 10 student Zeke Coady
Cogito ergo sum - Latin making a comeback
Latin lovers revive the language
Friendly rivals with a love of Latin


The Classical Association of New South Wales
ABN 29 759 799 066

   Classics New South Wales