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HELLENIC REPUBLIC




Athens, 7/10 / 2008

DIRECTORATE GENERAL OF EUROPEAN & Ref. No. 128543 /I

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS IN EDUCATION

DIRECTORATE OF INTERNATIONAL

RELATIONS IN EDUCATION, SECTION B

37, A. Papandreou str.

151 80 Maroussi, Athens, Greece

Information: A.Rouvalis / St. Moriatis

Tel: +30 210 344 24 64 / 210 344 24 76

Fax :+30 210 344 24 68 / 210 344 24 66

E-mail: des-b-am@ypepth.gr

des-b-styl@ypepth.gr


SUBJECT: Eighth Annual European Student Competition in Ancient Greek Language and Literature”.


The Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, and more specifically the Directorate of International Relations in Education and the Pedagogical Institute, in co-operation with the Hellenic Language Heritage, the Society of Greek Philologists, the European Cultural Centre of Delphi, the Organization for the Promotion of the Greek Language and the Pan-Hellenic Association of Teachers for the Greek Language and Civilization, announce the “Eighth (8th) Annual European Student Competition in Ancient Greek Language and Literature for the promotion of the classical studies among students of Upper Secondary Schools in Europe, where the Ancient Greek Language is taught.


The competition is under the auspices of the President of the Hellenic Republic.
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AIMS

The Competition aims to:


  • highlight the European dimension of Greek Antiquity and the importance of studying the ancient Greek literature for contemporary people,




  • project the Ancient Greek Language as a vehicle and means of expressing humanitarian values and also as a fundamental component of contemporary European languages,




  • reinforce classical studies at European schools.


Through the implementation of the competition, great benefit will arise for:


  • the students who will participate, since they are going to broaden their knowledge of the Ancient Greek Language and enhance their interest in classical studies.
    Additionally, the students to be awarded will have the opportunity to come into contact with Greek culture during their visit in Greece,




  • the teachers, since they will have the opportunity to get their students engaged in classical studies, to get informed of the Ancient Greek study programs in Greek Education and strengthen their ties with Greek culture,




  • the Greek official agents cooperating in the implementation of the competition, since they are going to contribute to the general debate about the instruction of the Ancient Greek Language and they will also enrich their experience in international collaboration,




  • all the participating countries, since they will have the opportunity of further cooperation in promoting classical studies across Europe.



^ TARGET GROUPS

 

The Competition addresses:


  1. students of the last two grades of Greek Lyceums (Upper Secondary Schools) in all European countries, except Greece and Cyprus.



  1. students of the last two grades of Upper Secondary Schools, which are equivalent to the last two grades of Greek Upper Secondary Schools (Lyceums), in all European countries, except Greece and Cyprus, as well as in Mexico.


The participating countries for the school year 2008-2009 are all European countries and Mexico.


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THE SYLLABUS OF THE COMPETITION


 The competition has a specific syllabus, which includes Ancient Greek texts in Attica dialect, prose and poetry.


The syllabus of the eighth (8th) competition is as follows:

Ξενοφώντος Memorabilia 2.1.21 – 2.2.14


[2.1.21] (καὶ Πρὀδικος δὲ ὁ σοφὸς…) …

[2.2.14] (σὺ οὖν, ὦ παῖ,…… πρὸς τοὺς γονέας ἀχάριστον εἶναι, οὐδεὶς ἂν νομίσειεν εὖ σε ποιήσας χάριν ἀπολήψεσθαι.


Students could base their study on the following sources:


  1. ^ XENOPHONTIS MEMORABILIA 2.1.21 -2.2.14:

E.C.Marchant edition 1900-21. Edit.Oxford. Reprinted 1961- 71



  1. XÉNOPHON, MÉMORABLES 2.1.21 -2.2.14:

Les Belles Lettres, Paris, 1960


The examination text is provided in its original version.


The topics of the competition are divided into two groups as follows:


Α. questions concerning the comprehension of the extract of the text that is being examined. Total points: 60


B. questions concerning the elaboration of the work that is being examined.

Total points: 40


A centigrade scale is applied.

 

More specifically, the text to be examined extends to about 20 lines or verses and it is followed by two (2) questions of comprehension, which require a brief answer and are obligatory, and three (3) questions of elaboration, which require a wider elaboration, two (2) of which must be answered.


Questions of comprehension:


one (1) question refers to the translation of a specific extract of the studied text. Total points: 30


one (1) question refers to the linguistic elaboration and the structure of the text, i.e.

a. grammar (10 points)

b. syntax (10 points)

c. etymology (survival of Greek words in the mother tongue of the students) (10 points)

Total points: 30

Questions of elaboration:


one (1) question refers to content of the whole work and the genre to which it belongs (20 points)

one (1) question refers to the placing of the whole work within its social, political and cultural context (20 points)

one (1) question refers to the ideas and values of the work, in relation to contemporary life (20 points).


During the competition, the only reference book the participants are allowed to use is a dictionary of the Ancient Greek Language.

Students are due to use blank sheets of paper and write c l e a r l y their first and last names as well as full data of their school in each page of the examination paper.

The duration of the examination is three (3) hours.


The questions are given in Greek and English.

The answers must be given in the mother tongue of the participants.
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COMPETITION PROCEDURE


The procedure of the competition for the school year 2008-2009 includes the following stages:

In September 2008:

The Work Group, whose members are mentioned below, meets in order to choose and decide on the syllabus.


^ In October, November and December 2008, in January 2009:

The syllabus of the competition is announced to all the interested parties: Classical Lyceums, National Societies of Philologists, Education Coordinators, teachers of Ancient Greek Language and their students in all European countries as well as in Mexico, so that they can apply to participate in the competition.

The application form is submitted and sent by the Director of the school to the Directorate of International Relations in Education of the Hellenic Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, by both e-mail and fax.


Fax number: (+30) 210 344 24 68 / (+30) 210 344 24 66

E-mail: des-b-am@ypepth.gr att’n A. Rouvalis/des-b-styl@ypepth.gr att’n St. Moriatis.


The applications have to be r e c e i v e d by the Hellenic Ministry until Friday, January 16, 2009 (final deadline).
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In February 2009:


The Committee for the Selection of the Syllabus and the Topics in coordination with the Committee of Scientific Experts convene and decide on the topics of the competition. Afterwards, the topics are discussed and finalized in a common session with the Coordinating Committee.


On the date of the competition, the topics are sent by both e-mail and fax to the participants; the date is common for all European countries, except Greece and Cyprus, and for Mexico.

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In year 2009, the competition will be held on Wednesday, 11th March 2009 at 11:00 a.m. (Greek time) for:


    • students of the last two grades of Greek Lyceums (Upper Secondary Schools) in all European countries, except Greece and Cyprus.



    • students of the last two grades of Upper Secondary Schools, which are equivalent to the last two grades of Greek Upper Secondary Schools (Lyceums), in all European countries, except Greece and Cyprus, as well as in Mexico.
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By the end of February, a circular clarifying the procedure of the competition is communicated to all interested parties.




ASSESSMENT OF THE EXAMINATION PAPERS


For the assessment of the examination papers:


A committee of teachers of Ancient Greek is appointed on the responsibility of the local competent authorities of education in every country, as appearing in the table of recipients. This committee assesses the examination papers and appoints the best paper from each Secondary School participating in the competition. On the papers no mark or other assessment sign has to be appear.


The examination paper appointed by every local committee as the best paper, must be sent by registered mail, to the following address:


Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs,

37 A. Papandreou str.

151 80, Maroussi, Athens, Greece

Directorate of International Relations in Education,

Section B, (2nd fl., Office: 2151, att’n A. Rouvalis/Office 2161, att’n St. Moriatis).


The examination papers must have been r e c e I v e d by the Hellenic Ministry until Friday, 10th April 2009 (final deadline).


In April and May 2009, the examination papers are assessed in Greece by the Committee responsible for the final assessment of the examination papers that has been appointed by the Work Group.

^ During the first week of June 2009, the Coordinating Committee announces the results and the schools of European countries and of Mexico are notified accordingly.

The Directorate of International Relations in Education of the Ministry and the cooperating associations organize the award ceremony for the students,due to take place during the first week of September 2009.


Each of the students to be awarded will participate, accompanied by the teacher who taught the subject, in a special hospitality program of four (4) up to seven (7) days, which will be organized by the Hellenic Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs.

The awarded students will also receive books and honorary souvenirs.
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AWARDS - CERTIFICATES OF DISTINCTION

From the total number of the assessed examination papers receiving 70 /100 points and over, awards will be given to:

  1. the best (1) examination paper of one student attending the two last grades in a Greek Lyceum operating in a European country, except Greece and Cyprus.

  2. the best (1) examination paper of one student attending the last two grades of an Upper Secondary School (Lyceum), equivalent to the last two grades of Greek Upper Secondary School (Lyceum), from each participating European country, except Greece and Cyprus, as well as from Mexico.

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No participating country can be given more than one award. The aim is to give the opportunity to students from more than one countries to visit Greece.

A Certificate of Distinction will be given to all students totalizing 70/100 points and over.

A Certificate of Distinction will also be given to the best student from each European country and also Mexico, as long as this country hasn’t already been awarded.

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The Certificates of Distinction will be sent to schools by the end of 2009.

A Certificate of Participation will be sent to all participants by the local competent authorities of education.


The entire program takes place under the supervision of the Hellenic Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs and it is directed by a Coordinating Committee consisting of:


Μelina Papadaki, Directress of the Directorate of International Relations in Education and as an alternate member Melpomeni Sgartsou, Head of Section B of the Directorate of International Relations in Education, on behalf of the Hellenic Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs,


^ Sotirios Glavas, Deputy President, and as an alternate member Ekaterini Zouganeli, Deputy Councellor, on behalf of the Pedagogical Institute,

Aristea Sidieri-Tolia, Secretary General of the Board and as an alternate member Zoi Dimakopoulou, Public Relations Responsible, on behalf of the Hellenic Language Heritage,


^ Georgia Xanthaki, President, and as an alternate member Nadia Panagoulea, Philologist and member of the Board, on behalf of the Society of Greek Philologists,


Christodoulos Yiallourides, Director and as an alternate member Pericles Spatoulas, Press Office, on behalf of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi,


^ Konstantinos Karkanias, President and as an alternate member George Pavlakos, Secretary General, on behalf of the Organization for the Promotion of the Greek Language,


Anastassios Stefos, President and as an alternate member Georgia Charitidou, Secretary General, on behalf of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Teachers for the Greek Language and Civilization.


Mrs. Melina Papadaki is appointed President to the Coordinating Scientific Committee and Mrs. Melpomeni Sgartsou is appointed Vice-President.
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SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS

The Scientific Committee of Experts, responsible for the implementation of the competition is composed of:


Ioannis Stamoulakis, Ph.Phil, permanent Deputy Councellor at the Pedagogical Institute and as an alternate member ^ Konstantinos Nastoulis, Philologist, appointed on secondment at the Pedagogical Institute, on behalf of the Pedagogical Institute,


Georgia Xanthaki, Professor of Classics at the Athens University, Vice-President, and as an alternate member Andreas Markantonatos, Assistant Professor of Classics at the Peloponnesus University, Special Secretary, on behalf of the Hellenic Language Heritage,

^ George Manoussopoulos, Honorary Philologist School Adviser, Secretary General of the Society of Greek Philologists, and as an alternate member Evanthia Drakonaki-Kazantzaki, Assistant Professor of Classics at the Athens University, on behalf of the Society of Greek Philologists,

Nikolaos Dimitriadis, Honorary Philologist School Adviser, and as an alternate member Apostolos Papatheodorou, former Inspector General of Secondary Education, on behalf of the Organization for the Promotion of the Greek Language,

Antonios Sakellariou, former Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Patras, and as an alternate member Ioannis Panoussis, Lector of Classics at the University of Patras, on behalf of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Teachers for the Greek Language and Civilization.




COMMITTEE for the SELECTION of the SYLLABUS and the TOPICS
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The members of the Committee for the Selection of the Syllabus and the Topics of the Competition are:

Chryssoula Alexopoulou, Philologist School Adviser, and as an alternate member George Vassilaros, Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Athens, on behalf of the Hellenic Language Heritage,

Spyridon Parginos, Special Secretary of the Society of Greek Philologists, and as an alternate member Christos Polatof, Philologist, on behalf of the Society of Greek Philologists,

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Nikolaos Koukis, Philologist, on behalf of the European Cultural Centre of Delphi,

Vassilios Sifakakis, Honorary Lyceum Director, and as an alternate member Antonios Antonakos, Philologist, on behalf of the Organization for the Promotion of the Greek Language,

Anastassia Karageorgiou, Philologist School Adviser, and as an alternate member Emmanuel Stergioulis, Philologist, on behalf of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Teachers for the Greek Language and Civilization.

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WORK GROUP

The Work Group of the 8th Annual European Student Competition in Ancient Greek Language and Literature is composed of the members joining the committees: Coordinating Committee, Scientific Committee of Experts, Committee for the Selection of the Syllabus and the Topics.

SECRETARIAT



Amalia Rouvalis, permanent administrative employee and Stylianos Moriatis, teacher of French Language and Literature, appointed on secondment at the Hellenic Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, are in charge of the Secretariat as well as of all practical issues.

 

INFORMATION


For further information, those interested in this Competition can consult the Directorate of International Relations in Education of the Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs, at the address and telephone numbers given in this circular, or on the following electronical addresses and sites:


The Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs website:

http://www.ypepth.gr/en /Annual European Student Competition in the Ancient Greek Language and Culture, Link: 8th Competition


The Hellenic Language Heritage: E-mail: hlh@otenet.gr


The Society of Greek Philologists: http://www.eephil.gr


The European Cultural Centre of Delphi: http://www.eccd.gr


The Organization for the Promotion of the Greek Language: http://www.odeg.gr


The Pan-Hellenic Association of teachers for the Greek Language and

Civilization: http://www.p-e-f.gr


The Secretary General


Dimitris Platis


^ TABLE OF RECIPIENTS


  1. Coordinators of Greek Education in European countries.

  2. Greek Embassies in all European countries and in Mexico.

  3. The Missions in Greece of all European countries and of Mexico.

  4. The Upper Secondary Schools (Lyceums) of European countries and Mexico, equivalent to the Greek Lyceum, except those of Greece and Cyprus.

  5. National Organizations of Philologists in European countries and Mexico.



C.C.


  1. The Pedagogical Institute

  2. The Hellenic Language Heritage

  3. The Society of Greek Philologists

  4. The European Cultural Centre of Delphi

  5. The Organization for the Promotion of the Greek Language

  6. The Pan-Hellenic Association of Teachers for the Greek Language and Civilization

  7. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

E1 Directorate of Educational and Cultural Affairs.









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