Latin and Greek reading competition
11th November, 2017
On the evening of Tuesday 7 November, the Theatre resounded to the rhythms and rhetoric of Latin and Greek, as pupils from Merchiston, St George’s and Fettes competed in our annual Classical reading competition. We are very grateful to Dr Donncha O’Rourke from the School of Classics at Edinburgh University, who came to adjudicate.
Five Junior Latin teams, which had got through heats the previous week, performed a short play, involving the theft of a toga in the baths. The winning team was Iggy, Krish, Richard and Dougal; Dr O’Rourke commended them for learning their lines so well, their accurate pronunciation and ‘exceptionally good’ acting. Junior Greek pupils performed a short argument between Agamemnon and Achilles; the winners were Imran and Robbie.Middle School Greek was won by a pupil from Fettes, reading a passage of Lucian about Greek wrestling. Middle School Latin, in which eight pupils read a demanding passage of Caesar, was won by a pupil from St George’s. In third place was Henry, praised by Dr O’Rourke for his ‘stately’ performance. Senior Latin was a dramatic passage from Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’ and Senior Greek an emotional section from the opening of Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’. We congratulate all the participants in the competition, for the effort they put into preparation and the professionalism with which they performed.