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Hannibal Hamlin Emery Latin Prize

Hannibal Hamlin Emery Class of 1874The Hannibal Hamlin Emery Latin Prize (since 1922), established in honor of her uncle, Hannibal Hamlin Emery, class of 1874, by Persis E. Mason. The Prize is awarded annually to the member of the junior or senior class for proficiency in Latin.

Notable awardees include:

  • Nathan Dane, class of 1937, Professor of Classics at Bowdoin from1946 to 1979.
  • William S.Cohen, class of 1962, U.S. Senator from 1979 to 1997 and U.S. Secretary of Defense from 1997 to 2001.
  • Karl Galinsky, class of 1963, Floyd Cailloux Centennial Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin.

Nathan Goold Prize

The Nathan Goold Prize (since 1922), by Abba Goold Woolson, of Portland, in memory of her grandfather. The Prize is awarded annually to that member of the senior class who has, throughout the college course, attained the highest standing in Greek and Latin studies.

Notable awardees include:

  • Harlan Berkley Peabody, class of 1950, author of The Winged Word: A Study in the Technique of Ancient Greek Oral Composition as Seen Principally through Hesiod's Works and Days.
  • William F. Wyatt, Jr, class of 1953, Professor Emeritus of Classics at Brown University.
  • Kyle M. Phillips, class of 1956, was Professor of Classics at Bryn Mawr College (1962-1982) and Director of the Bryn Mawr Excavations in Tuscany 1961, 1964, 1966-1988.
  • Allan D. Wooley, class of 1958, Cilley Professor of Greek & Quondam Coordinator of Academic Computing at Phillips Exeter Academy and editor for the Classical Association of New England.
  • Karl Galinsky, class of 1963, Floyd Cailloux Centennial Professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Peter Bing, class of 1976, Professor of Classics at Emory University.
  • Joseph A. Farrell, class of 1977, Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Aditya Behl, class of 1988, Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sewall Greek Prize

The Sewall Greek Prize (since 1879), given by Jotham Bradbury Sewall, class of 1848, S.T.D. 1902, who was fomerly the Professor of Greek at Bowdoin. The Prize is awarded annually to the member of the sophomore class who sustains the best examination in Greek.

Notable awardees include:

  • Harlan Berkley Peabody, class of 1950, author of The Winged Word: A Study in the Technique of Ancient Greek Oral Composition as Seen Principally through Hesiod's Works and Days.
  • Allan D. Wooley, class of 1958, Cilley Professor of Greek & Quondam Coordinator of Academic Computing at Phillips Exeter Academy and editor for the Classical Association of New England.
  • Richard E. Morgan, class of 1959, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Constitutional and International Law and Government at Bowdoin College.
  • Claire Lyons, class of 1977, collections curator, Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities.

Sewall Latin Prize

The Sewall Latin Prize (since 1879), given by Jotham Bradbury Sewall, class of 1848, S.T.D. 1902, who was fomerly the Professor of Greek at Bowdoin. The Prize is awarded annually to the member of the sophomore class who sustains the best examination in Latin.

Notable awardees include:

  • Kenneth C.M. Sills, class of 1901, Winkley Professor of Latin Language and Literature ,Dean of Bowdoin College, and President of the College from 1918 to 1952.
  • Robert P. Tristram Coffin, class of 1915, poet, novelist, essayist, and professor. While teaching at Wells College and Bowdoin College, Coffin wrote thirty-seven books -- poems, novels, biographies, and essays. His Strange Holiness won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1935.
  • Nathan Dane, class of 1937, Professor of Classics at Bowdoin from1946 to 1979.
  • Harlan Berkley Peabody, class of 1950, author of The Winged Word: A Study in the Technique of Ancient Greek Oral Composition as Seen Principally through Hesiod's Works and Days.
  • William S.Cohen, class of 1962, U.S. Senator from 1979 to 1997 and U.S. Secretary of Defense from 1997 to the present.
  • Joseph A. Farrell, class of 1977, Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.