The Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, in partnership with the Faculty of Classics, is delighted to launch its 2021 Creative Writing Competition. Prizes will be awarded to the top three creative pieces written in response to images from the Manar al-Athar Photo Bank. This unique photograph collection contains around 80,000 images of archaeological sites, buildings and artwork from areas of the former Roman Empire and neighbouring regions, with a chronological range from Alexander the Great (c.300 BCE) through to the Islamic period. These images are ideal creative stimuli giving glimpses of an incredibly rich and diverse cultural heritage. They capture many evocative locations, beautiful artefacts, complex architectural styles, places of historical importance, and a huge range of religious iconography (from paganism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam).
Open to anyone aged 14-18, or in Years 9-13 (or equivalent).
The deadline for entries is 6pm on 27 May, and winners will be announced at the end of June.
Further information and details of how to enter can be found here.