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.

History of the Classical Association

CANSW is preparing a history of the Association. If you have any relevant documents, such as old accounts or minutes of meetings, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Kit Morrell (


Calendar of Events for 2016 - click here

Latin Summer School 2016
Monday 18 - Friday 22 January

Photos from the 2016 Latin Summer School:
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LSS 2016

Latin Summer School 2016

LSS 2016 school students

The welcome for school students, from some of the 39 Sydney secondary schools that teach Latin

Translation competition winners

Winners of the Neo-Latin translation competition: Sanju Vairav, Alex Jones, Daniel Forrest, Lisa Creffield, Terry Clarke.


Most Recent Talk for the Classical Association

CANSW talk at Macquarie 2016

Some of the members who greatly enjoyed the 8 August talk at Macquarie University by Dr Peter Keegan on Roman and Greek graffiti.


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

   Classics New South Wales