Ancient Greek

Greek & Latin Reading Competition


Queen's College London


13th March 2019

Additional information:


The 2019 competition will be held on WEDNESDAY 13th MARCH at Queen’s College, 43-49 Harley Street London W1G 8BT 2pm-5pm

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

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 I, ad villam (adapted).

2. Beginners’ Greek, open to pupils who have not yet completed 5 terms of Greek (either an individual, a pair, or group of 3 candidates): Greek to GCSE, Part 1, J Taylor, The Cyclops (3) (adapted)

3. Pre-GCSE Latin, open to one pupil who has not yet taken GCSE in Latin: Virgil’s Aeneid Book 2, lines 544-558.

4. Greek Dialogue, open to an individual or a pair of candidates at any stage: Euripides’ Medea, lines 321-345.

5. Open Latin, open to one candidate at any stage: Ovid, Amores, Book 2, 6 On the death of his mistress’s parrot (cut).

6. Greek Chorus, open to a group of 6 to 10 pupils at any stage: Euripides’ Medea, lines 410-445.

N.B. No candidate may be entered for more than one Latin section. Entries should be sent using the application form to the organiser, with the fee of £30.00 per school, by Friday 1st February 2019. Names of candidates will be needed by Thursday 28th February.

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 the sections. Commemorative prizes will be awarded. There will be no charge for non-competing spectators.

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 schools and individuals who apply. The macrons and metre will not be included in the copies from which the candidates will read at the competition

To enter e-mail the completed Reading Comp 2019 application form  to

Read Comp 19 invitation