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    On the 11th of November, Merchiston held its annual Latin and Greek Reading Competition, with pupils from Merchiston, Fettes and George Watson’s competing.

    This year there were five categories, starting with some impressive performances in the Senior Latin, where pupils read a section from the Philippics, written by the great Roman orator Cicero. Senior Greek followed, which saw an emotional performance from Homer's Iliad, where Achilles mourns the death of his best friend Patroclus. Middle School Latin was next and a graphic depiction of the murder of the Trojan king, Priam, in Virgil’s Aeneid. The final two categories were for the Juniors, firstly a short duologue between Agamemnon and Achilles in the Junior Greek; followed by arguably the highlight of the evening, the Junior Latin play, which brought out much enthusiasm and drama from the pupils.

    We were fortunate, once again, to have Dr O’Rouke adjudicating from the University of Edinburgh and it was great to hear his words of wisdom on speaking Latin and Greek, as well as his reasons for the choice of victors. He said that the standard this year was the highest it has ever been, which is testament to the effort that the pupils made in preparation.

    The reading competition is always a highlight of the Classics calendar at Merchiston, this year did not disappoint!

    Matthew Hillier