Through the generosity of the Gladstone Memorial Trust Omnibus is again in 2021 able to offer prizes for excellent essays on classical themes. The competition is open to anyone under 19 and still in full-time education who has not yet completed A levels or IB. Entries should contain a statement from a teacher confirming that this is the case. The first prize stands at £200, the second at £100. Essays must not exceed 2000 words.
The topics for 2021 are:
1. Why are Greek myths still so powerful today?
2. Is either Pentheus or Hippolytus responsible for his own fate? (You can write about either Pentheus or Hippolytus or compare the two.)
3. What are the chief characteristics of epic poetry? Discuss with reference to any one Greek or Roman epic.
4. Why did Greek men go to a symposium?
5. How much do we know about the Etruscans, and what is our evidence?
6. Hannibal: hero or villain?
7. Choose any modern portrayal of either Achilles or Cassandra and discuss its relation to Greek and Roman sources.
Entries should be submitted electronically, as e-mail attachments, preferably in Microsoft Word format, to Dr Claire
Deadline 10th July 2021.
Please give your name, school, and e-mail address on your essay, and keep a copy of your essay. Essays cannot be returned. The judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.