Year 12 Classics and Ancient History essay competition

Every year St John’s holds a Classics and Ancient History essay competition for students in Year 12.

Entries are now open for the 2018 competition.
Download this year’s essay titles and further information about the competition here.

The competition is open to all students who are currently studying in Year 12 (or equivalent) anywhere in the UK, and is designed to give students of any subject the opportunity to write an essay on the classical world, whether or not they have studied the ancient world before. Topics include ancient history, archaeology, ancient literature and philosophy.  The essay titles are chosen to take account of the research expertise at St John’s, and to encourage the widest possible approach to investigation of the ancient world.

Prizes of up to £175 in book tokens will be awarded for the best essays and all entrants will receive a certificate of entry.  Entrants will also be invited to attend a study afternoon at St John’s College on Thursday 19 April 2018.

The deadline for entries is 4pm on Thursday 22 February 2018.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Due to the large number of entries, we are not able to offer feedback on individual essays; instead tutors produce a report which reflects on the previous year’s competition. Please find here the Essay Competition Report for 2017.