Ancient history competitions to inspire school children to learn about Roman and Greek pasts

Posted by ap507 at Sep 28, 2017 12:07 PM |
University of Leicester to run series of engaging competitions for young people throughout the UK during November

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 28 September 2017­

A series of competitions organised by the University of Leicester will inspire young people across the UK to learn about the ancient world in creative ways.

The competitions are organised by the University of Leicester’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History and will shed light on the value of historical artefacts and ancient Greek and Roman history.

The first competition is an essay-writing contest open to school students from Year 10 to Year 13 (inclusive). Pupils are invited to write an essay on how texts and objects work together to enhance our understanding of a range of topics, from Greek Tragedy and sculpture to life in Roman Britain and women in Roman society.

Winners in first, second and third place will receive book tokens. Essays should be 2,000 words long submitted by email to before 6pm on Sunday 5 November 2017.

The second competition is an art and poetry contest in the age categories: under 11; 11-18; and over 18. Participants are encouraged to find an ancient artefact that inspires them and to create a work of visual art or a poem inspired by that artefact.

Winners and runners up will receive cash prizes and/or book tokens. Entries should be emailed to by Saturday 25 November 2017.

Dr Naoíse Mac Sweeney, Associate Professor of Ancient History at the University of Leicester’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History, said: “Studying ancient history is a wonderful way of exploring how different societies worked from empires to city states, and from the smallest individual household to the most bustling cosmopolitan megapolis. It is also a crucial means through which we can understand some of the key features that underpin global society today. Democracy and citizenship, law codes and atomic theory, town planning and the notion of the epic hero - we owe our ideas about all these things to the classical world.

“I hope that these competitions help to increase awareness about the University of Leicester as a centre for classical scholarship.”

The competitions are part of celebrations for the Classical Association Annual Conference, which will be held at the University of Leicester between 6 – 9 April 2018.

Selected entrants for both competitions will be offered the chance to attend the CA2018 and present their work at the conference.

For more information about the Classical Association Annual Conference at the University of Leicester, visit the website:


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