An Evening of Classics Splendour

21st March 2023
BY Edmund Lewis, Head of Classics

Last Wednesday 14 March, fourteen College pupils took part in the finals of this year’s Latin and Greek Recitā (called the King's Silver Medal for Latin Speaking).

The competition

In the competition, finalists are tasked with reading passages from selected pieces of Classics poetry in their original language of either Latin or Greek, from memory.

Appropriate surroundings

Amid the classical splendour of Musā, the competing pupils impressed and entertained their audience with accomplished and individual performances of the poetry of Euripides, Ovid, Sophocles and Virgil.

The winners

The adjudicator, Mr Simon Allcock, formerly Head of Classics and currently a housemaster at Wellington College, judged Arun S , Timothy O, Rosaleen C-D and Alvin Y winners in their categories.

As the victor in the Senior Latin, Alvin wins the King’s Silver Medal itself: his performance of the last 23 lines of the Aeneid captured the powerful dramatic potential Virgil’s poetry.

The Finalists

Junior Greek (Euripides, Bacchae 434-442)

Ruifu G
Anthony K
Arun S
Henry S

Junior Latin (Ovid, Metamorphoses 3. 379-389)

Felix E
Syed H
Stefan U
Timothy O

Senior Greek (Sophocles, Ajax 284-300)

Lucas A-H
William B
Rosaleen C-D

Senior Latin (Virgil, Aeneid 12. 930-952)

William B
David M
Alvin Y

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