The St. John’s College Classics and Ancient History Essay Competition is open to all UK students currently studying in IB 1 (Year 12 / Lower Sixth), 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. In what ways did Greek and/or Roman literature recreate the natural world?
- 2. Did Greeks and / or Romans believe in their gods?
- 3. ‘No one wants bad things’ (Plato, Meno 78a). What can Socrates mean by this, and is he right?
- 4. Should we stop excavating archaeological sites to better preserve them for future generations?
The essay titles have been chosen to take account of the research expertise at St. John’s College and to encourage the widest possible approach to investigation of the ancient world.
A £75 book token will be awarded to the best essay in each category and an additional £50 book token to the overall winner.
The submission deadline is 4 pm on Thursday 25th February 2016
Entrants will also be invited to attend a Study Afternoon at St John’s College, Oxford on Thursday 21st April 2016.