Classics and Ancient History Essay Competition 2021/22 now open!

Date 6 December 2021

The St. John’s College Classics and Ancient History Essay Competition will be running for the twelfth time during the academic year 2021-22.

Classics picture.jpgThis competition is open to all students currently studying at a UK School or College in Year 12 (Lower Sixth) or equivalent, whether or not they are currently studying a Classical or Ancient subject. Each student may submit one essay (only) of up to 2,000 words on any of the following four questions:

  1. ‘No (wo)man is an island.’ How self-sufficient are characters in ancient literature?
  2.  Was one’s community in the ancient world limited to one’s city? 
  3.  Many ancient philosophers emphasised the importance of friendship and community in the good life. What place do you think others have  in the happy life?
  4.  Does Greek and/or Roman art ever express notions of community, or is it simply a reflection of wealthy and powerful individuals?

The competition gives students of any subjects an opportunity to write an essay on the classical world. The organisers are interested in providing an occasion for independent research, to encourage curiosity and reflection in those who have studied the ancient world before and those who have not.

Essays must be submitted by Thursday 3rd March 2022 and all entrants will also be invited to attend a Study Afternoon at St John’s College, Oxford on one of two dates; Thursday 21st April or Friday 29th April 2022. There are no special academic requirements and no limit on the number of students from each school able to attend for this event; we encourage anyone interested in Classics or Ancient History to send in their essay submissions.

Click here for the full guidelines and submission instructions!