The Perse School

Students shine at Latin and Greek reading competition

12 Nov 2015

On Tuesday, a group of Perse students took part in the Classical Association (Cambridge and District Local Branch) Senior Greek and Latin Reading Competition, which was held at the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge University. The judges were Dr Helen van Norden (Girton College, Cambridge) and Dr Chris Whitton (Emmanuel College, Cambridge).

In the Intermediate Latin Prose Category, Oliver Brigstocke (Year 11) was highly commended (joint third place) by the judges for his reading of an extract of Pliny the Younger’s account of Pliny the Elder’s death during the AD 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius (his GCSE set text). Sophie Littlewood (also in Year 11) also took part and read the same passage very accurately.

In the Intermediate Latin Verse Category, Sofia Baldelli and Elizabeth Stephenson (both Year 11) read the description of Euryalus’ attack on the Rutulian camp from Virgil Aeneid Book 9 (their GCSE set text), showing excellent understanding and accuracy. Clara Balon (also Year 11) competed in the Intermediate Greek Category, giving an accurate reading of part of her GCSE verse set text, part of Homer Iliad Book 1.

Lower Sixth student Stuart MacGregor won the Senior Latin Prose Category with an accurate, dramatic reading of part of Cicero’s speech De Imperio (his AS Level prose set text) that demonstrated excellent understanding of the meaning. Lucy Binks, also in the Lower Sixth also competed in that category, and also won the Senior Latin Verse Category with a very accurate reading of a portion of Ovid’s Metamorphoses Book 3 (her AS Level verse set text) which showed superb understanding. Upper Sixth student Nick Evans also competed in the Senior Greek Category, giving a fine reading of part of his AS verse set text, Iliad Book 22 by Homer.

Well done to all of our students who took part.

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