THE LESLIE LEVY PRIZE
Association of South Africa is delighted to announce a new essay competition,
generously sponsored by Mr. Leslie Levy, a long-standing member of the
Association. A prize of R1500 (one thousand five hundred South African rands)
will be offered to the best essay which, in the tradition of Plutarch, compares
and contrasts a personality from modern African history with a personality from
ancient Greek or Roman history. This
essay competition is open to any undergraduate student at a university in
Africa, or any A-level student at a secondary school in
Essays can be written in English,
Afrikaans or French, and will be judged by a triumvirate consisting of the
Chairperson of CASA, one other member of the CASA executive (an ancient
historian), and Mr. Levy. The closing date for submission of the essays is the
30th June. The
following rules for the essay competition apply:
must be no more than 3000 words in length, typed (1.5 spacing).
Candidates may use footnotes, but not endnotes. A bibliography
(in alphabetical order) at the end of the essay must list all
primary (classical texts) and secondary sources consulted.
Candidates may use any referencing system, as long as this
system is used consistently and coherently throughout the essay.
Candidates are permitted to use the Internet, but all websites
must be acknowledged in footnotes and listed in the
separate cover page must be submitted with the essay on which
the candidate’s name, secondary school or university, country,
and email address are clearly stated.
In addition, on the cover page, the candidate must type, sign
and date the following declaration: ‘I……..[full
name of candidate] declare that this essay is my original
work, that I have acknowledged all references consulted and that
I am aware of the consequences of plagiarism’. Any essay
suspected of plagiarism will be disqualified.
Essays MUST compare and contrast a personality from modern
African history with a personality from ancient Greek or Roman
history. Essays on other topics will be disqualified. [Please
note that, for the purposes of this competition, modern African
history begins in the post-colonial period].
Only one prize will be awarded. The judges’ decision will be
final and no correspondence about this decision will be entered
into. The title of the winning essay, a brief summary of its
content and the name of the prizewinner will be announced on the
Submissions should be sent by email to
by 30 June.