St. John’s College Classics and Ancient History Essay Competition

The St. John’s College Classics and Ancient History Essay Competition will be running for the eleventh time during the academic year 2020/21. The competition is open to all UK students currently studying in Year 12 (Lower Sixth) or equivalent, whether or not they are currently studying a Classical or Ancient subject. All entrants will be invited to attend a virtual Study Afternoon hosted by St John’s College, Oxford on Thursday 22nd April 2021.  Each student may submit one essay (only) of up to 2,000 words on any of the following four questions:

  1. ‘Nice guys finish last.’ Is this statement true for characters (of any gender) in ancient literature?
  2. Did Greek and/or Roman elections express the will of the people?
  3. Plato thought that democracy was the rule of the ignorant. Was he right?
  4. In the ancient world, did the art of democracies express the same concerns as the art of the autocratic regimes?

For further information see here.