ARLT Reading Competition 2010

ARLT Latin Reading Competition 2010

charonSchools are invited to submit entries from students in Years 10-13 up to a maximum of  two entries in each category.  Students should record themselves reading Virgil Aeneid 6 295-314.  Please preface each recording by stating name, year and school and include these details in the name of the MP3 file. 

Recordings should be emailed in MP3 format to:

or sent on disk to Mr David Swift, Taverners, Bankwell Road, Giggleswick, Settle North Yorkshire BD24 0AN

Email submissions should give as their subject the words “Reading Competition\2 and the name of the school.

Advice on pronunciation can be found at:

Entries will be judged on accuracy of pronunciation, sensitivity to metre and ability to convey the meaning and mood of the passage.  These features will be given approximately equal weighting.  Elided vowels may either be completely omitted or the two vowels may be combined to fit a single metrical slot (synaloepha).

Advice on elisions can soon be found at

First, Second and Third Prizes (book tokens for £40, £30 and £20) will be awarded in two categories: Years 10-11 and Years 12-13.

The closing date for entries is Friday 19 March 2010.

Winners will be announced in early May 2010 on the ARLT website and by email to the winning schools.

For further information please contact Hilary Walters on or at Loughborough Grammar School, Loughborough LE11 2DU.

CICERO – worldwide

Cicero just goes from strength to strength!
Anne Dicks has contacted me with the following announcement:
Exciting news from CICERO – we have now expanded beyond our original European boundaries and now have centres in Tunisia and Australia!  To celebrate the arrival of our Tunisian partners we have chosen as the cultural topic for 2010 ‘Carthage from Dido to Hannibal’.
At our first international meeting held last weekend at the home of one of the CICERO UK team, our business meeting included partners from France, Italy, the UK and Australia – our new partner Emily stayed up late into the night to join us via Skype!

Our success means that we have had to change the meaning of our acronym CICERO, which now stands for Certamen In Concordiam Europae Regionumque Orbis.  Our new website URL is (but the website itself has not yet been updated).  Instead, I have created a YouTube account with a few short videoclips  ciceroconcordia
Let’s hope that the competition continues to raise the profile of Classical subjects around the world!  All entrants will be registered in an Event on Facebook so that they will be able to communicate with each other directly.
There will be three venues in the UK for the competition in 2010 on Saturday March 13th : Cranleigh School in Surrey, Birkdale School in Sheffield and Fettes College in Edinburgh.  When I update the website I will upload a registration form which can be posted to me at Malvern St James School, 15 Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcs.  WR14  3RZ
Please encourage your students to enter – it is a very enjoyable day out despite the fact that it is less of a ‘fun’ competition and more like two fiendish examinations!  The students actually enjoy the challenge and if we get sufficient sponsorship we hope to raise the amount of prize money awarded this year.  Any ideas for sponsorship gratefully received!  (If you buy a box of 25 Latin diaries, for example, a donation of £7.50 is triggered to Cicero UK: email  (£60 per box plus delivery)
Anne Dicks


YouTube  ciceroconcordia


Pyrrha’s Roman Pages website

CICERO 6th Form competition website