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 2017 - click here

Annual Dinner

Thursday 23 November 2017 at St Andrew’s College,
The University of Sydney, 19 Carillon Avenue, Newtown 2042
Click here for details

Report of 2016 Annual Dinner


Latin Summer School 2017

Part of the crowd of 232 students at the 2017 Latin Summer School.
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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

   Classics New South Wales