Cambridge & District Branch: Essay Competition for Students of Ancient History/Classical Civilisation

Cambridge & District Classical Association: Essay Competition for students of Ancient History/Classical Civilisation

These TWO categories are each subdivided into TWO age ranges:

(a) Years 10-11 (GCSE)

(b) Years 12-13 (A Level)


TITLE: “Of the individuals you have learned about in Ancient History, who do you think has had the greatest impact and why?”


TITLE: “Of the literary characters you have encountered in Classical Civilisation, who have you found to be the most memorable and why?”

The MAXIMUM length of each entry is 1000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography).

Entries are to be sent as a PDF file.

NB: Entries must contain the name and school of the entrant, confirmation of the category and the relevant age range, a word count and the title of the specific module in which the specific individual or character is being studied:

(eg; GCSE Ancient History “From Tyranny to Democracy”;

GCSE Classical Civilisation “The Homeric World” etc.).


There is a MAXIMUM of 1 entry per pupil, and a MAXIMUM of 5 per age range, per category per school.

The PDFs from each school should be sent, en bloc, by their teacher, attached to a single email if possible.

Entries should be emailed to Barbara Kern at [email protected]

The closing date is Friday 19th March 2021, with the results to be announced early in the Summer Term.

Prizes in the form of National Book Tokens will be awarded to the winners and runners-up in each age-range of each category.

The panel of judges will consist of Rosanna Omitowoju, Arlene Holmes-Henderson, James Watson and Stephen Kern.

The results will be sent to all participating schools, together with some general feedback from the judges.

NB: Entries will be accessible only to CA officers and judges, and will be deleted after the judging process is completed.