The 2018 competition will be held on WEDNESDAY 7th MARCH at Queen’s College, 43-49 Harley Street London W1G 8BT (parking is not available at the school). The competition will be held in a single round. The event will begin at 2:00 pm and finish at about 5.00 pm.

Our judges will be John Taylor, author of many Greek and Latin text books, and Gail Trimble of Trinity College Oxford.

Schools and individuals not entering candidates for the competition, but who would like their staff or pupils to learn more about spoken Latin and Greek, perhaps with a view to entering another year, are warmly encouraged to attend, as are friends and parents of the candidates. Home educated pupils are also invited to enter any of these sections.

We will break for tea after the first section, from about 3:00 p.m. – 3.20 p.m.

The competition is in six sections, with ONE ENTRY only from each school per section, as follows:

  1. Beginners’ Latin, open to pupils who have not yet completed 5 terms of Latin (either an individual, a pair, or group of 3 candidates), CLC Bk II, Astrologus Victor II
  2. Beginners’ Greek, open to pupils who have not yet completed 5 terms of Greek: Theocritus Idyll 19, The Honeycomb Stealer
  3. Pre-GCSE Latin, open to pupils who have not yet taken GCSE in Latin: Virgil’s Aeneid Book 4, lines 340- 361.
  4. Greek Dialogue, open to an individual or a pair of candidates at any stage: Sophocles’ Antigone, lines 561-581 (a version with only Creon and Ismene speaking)
  5. Open Latin, open to one candidate at any stage: Ovid, Amores, Book 1, 1 lines 1-20
  6. Greek Chorus, open to a group of six to 10 pupils at any stage: Sophocles’ Antigone, lines 781-805

N.B.  No candidate may be entered for more than one Latin section. Entries should be sent using the form below to the organiser, with the fee of £30.00 per school, by Friday 9th February 2018.

There will be no charge for non-competing schools/individuals.

Commemorative prizes will be awarded.

Guidance | Application Form
Passages marked with macrons | Passages without macrons

 Please note: copies of the passages marked with macrons, and the metre for the chorus, as well as unmarked passages, will be sent to all school and individuals who apply. The macrons and metre will not be included in the copies from which the candidates will read at the competition      .

Send or email replies to:

Mrs Sarah Harrison
Head of Classics
Queen’s College
43 – 49 Harley Street
Tel: 020 7 291 7033   e-mail

PLEASE fill in all the details on the attached application form.