Certamen is a quiz-bowl style game that tests teams of up to 4 players on classics-related topics such as Roman history, mythology, Latin literature, Latin grammar and vocabulary, Latin state mottoes and abbreviations, etc. Certamen is the Latin word for "contest" or "struggle" which is a fitting name given the extremely competitive nature of the game.

Players contest at the Walton High School Kickoff tournament

Many states hold certamen tournaments between schools throughout the year, but the main test is at National Convention, where teams representing each state play each other for the chance to gain the glory and trophy that accompany winning first place. There are three levels of certamen: Novice for students in Latin 1 and below, Intermediate for students in Latin 2, and Upper/Advanced for students in Latin 3 and above.


2017-2018 Certamen Tournaments:


December 9, 2017: Eastside Tournament

January 13, 2018: Georgia/Florida Tournament (hosted by Northview)

  • Read details about the tournament in the invite letter here.

February 17, 2018: Lupercalia at Parkview High School

February 17, 2018: Duke President Weekend Tournament at Duke University

  • Read details about the tournament in the newsletter here.

March 10, 2018: Ides of March Tournament

  • Register for the tournament on the google form here.

April 20-22, 2018: State Convention