Amici, Romani, cives,

On behalf of the Yale Classics Department, it is my distinct pleasure to invite you to the Eighth Annual Yale Certamen, which will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 8:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.

Last year, some 85 teams—a Yale Certamen record—descended upon campus, where they heard from an expert on Roman historiography, trialed events such as Agon (“Greek Certamen”), and, hopefully, made new friends. It is our sincere hope that this year’s tournament will be similarly successful, and that we will see you all there.

This year, as in years past, we plan to hold a number of Friday evening events for those who live close or may already be in the area after long-distance travel. Possibilities include a colloquium with a Yale Classics professor and a reprisal of “Agon,” but we are always open to suggestions from you.

Now, as to the main event—the Certamen. This year, we will once more employ Yale’s patented “two-bracket” format—though it will again encompass all levels, not just Novice and Intermediate. We have found that this arrangement enables all players, regardless of backgrounds and levels of experience, to have an enjoyable experience. More information about this system can be found here.

In keeping with this spirit of openness and accessibility, we have also considerably revised the Yale Certamen Syllabus to be more transparent about the sources eligible for question writers and players. Further changes include a more complete “Literature” section, which we hope will enable aspiring players to pick up the subject. Any questions or suggestions may be directed to

The orientation and keynote address of this year’s tournament will once more take place in Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, Room 114 (SSS 114). The tournament itself, however, has moved to a new venue—William Harkness Hall (WLH). This building is closer to SSS than last year’s venue, enabling a smoother transition from the opening ceremony, and will also allow all rounds to be played within the same building. The rest of Yale is easily accessible from WLH, and if you can attend, I hope you will explore the rest of our campus during your stay.

Finally, a thank-you. The continuation of this Certamen on Yale’s campus would not be possible without the aid of many former competitive Certamen players and Latin teachers who have most kindly volunteered to write questions for the tournament. To them, to my fellow board members (Samir Al-Ali, Devyn Rigsby, and Lina Kapp), and to the many Yale students, from the Classics Department and otherwise, who help each year, I offer my humblest gratitude. These are the individuals who ensure that the Classics live on in the form of competitive Certamen year after year.

All other information about the tournament, including how to register, may be found on this website. Please note especially the schedule, the expanded preparation materials, and the suggestions for food, travel, and lodging. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at, or to the general staff of Yale Certamen at It is my sincerest hope that you will be able to attend our tournament this year. See you soon in New Haven!

Curate ut valeatis,

Michael Kearney
Tournament Director
Yale College '20