Gladstone Memorial Essay Prizes 2022

Through the generosity of the Gladstone Memorial Trust, Omnibus is again in 2022 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 2022 are:

  1. What is the most interesting encounter between two characters in Greek tragedy that you have read, and why do you think so?
  2. What part does Ascanius play in the story of the Aeneid?
  3. In what ways is the Iliad the story of Ilion (Troy)?
  4. What did power look like in Classical Athens or Late Republican Rome or early Imperial Rome?
  5. What does Greek and/or Roman art tell us about Greek and Roman ideas of masculinity?
  6. What were the attractions to Plato or Xenophon of writing dialogues as a way of doing philosophy?
  7. Why does the modern world find the Romans so fascinating?

Entries should be submitted electronically, as e-mail attachments, preferably in Microsoft Word format, to Dr Claire Gruzelier: [email protected]

Deadline: 8th July 2022

Please give your name, school, and e-mail address on your essay, and keep a copy for yourself.

The judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.