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About Bernice L. Fox

Bernice L. Fox taught courses in English, Latin and Greek at Monmouth College from 1947 to 1981, and served as chair of the Department of Classics from 1970 till her retirement in 1981. Throughout her long and dynamic career she worked tirelessly to promote the Classics in Illinois high schools and colleges. She is also the author of Tela Charlottae, the Latin translation of E. B. White's Charlotte's Web. In 1991 Monmouth College conferred on her the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

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Topic for 1999

O.J. may have had the trial of the century, but here's the trial of the millennia. Aeneas, the son of Anchises, is charged with breach of promise and abandonment of Dido, Queen of Carthage. You are a member of either the prosecution or the defense team. Submit your closing remarks to the jury.

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Papers will be judged on historical accuracy, appropriate use of ancient sources, originality, quality of material, thematic development, appropriateness, correctness of English style, and effectiveness of presentation.

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Contest Guidelines

Entries must be typed, double-spaced, on 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper, on one side only. The entry must fit the theme of this year's contest. The entrant's name and school must not appear on the entry. Contestants should use their Social Security Numbers or a randomly selected nine character series as a personal identification code. This code must be placed on the top left-hand corner of every page of the entry and on a separate 8-1/2 x 11 inch sheet of paper which also contains the following information: author's name, date of birth, Social Security number (optional), school name, school address, teacher's name, and school phone number. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in disqualification. Every entrant will receive a certificate of participation from Monmouth College. All entries must be postmarked no later than March 15, 1999, and mailed to Dr. Thomas J. Sienkewicz, Capron Professor of Classics, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois 61462 (E-Mail: For further information, including a list of previous winners, please consult this website. All entries become the property of Monmouth College. The winner will be announced on April 15, 1999, on the website.

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