The Association for Latin Teaching

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ARLT Latin Reading Competition  2019

Intermediate (Year 10 & 11) and Senior (Year 12 & 13)

Record yourself reading Aeneid 4 279-295

 ‘at vero Aeneas ... iussa facessunt.’

Special focus: quantities – make sure you observe long and short vowels.  A copy of the text with macrons marked is available on the website.

Please use this link to hear a recording of this passage (at about 2 mins):

Maximum of 2 entries per category per school

Junior (Years 8 & 9)

Record yourself reading Cambridge Latin Course Stage 18  p102 ‘pro taberna Clementis’ lines 12-34 (‘Eutychus cachinnans ... inquit Clemens.’)

Maximum of 3 entries per school.  If you need a paper copy of the text please contact Hilary Walters (address below).  A recording of the text is available in the Cambridge Latin Course E-learning Resource:

Send recordings by 22nd February 2019 by email to:

Please preface each recording by stating school, student’s name and year, and include these details in the name of the MP3 file.  Please check your recording to make sure it has recorded properly.

Advice on pronunciation can be found at:

and help with reading hexameter verse at:

Also: A few notes about reading Virgil’s poetry - by John Hazel

Entries will be judged on accuracy of pronunciation and ability to convey the meaning and mood of the passage.  For verse, sensitivity to metre will also be noted.  These features will be given approximately equal weighting.  Short vowels that are elided should be completely dropped where appropriate; long vowels in elision should be pronounced short and run together with the succeeding vowel in such a way as to fit one metrical slot (synaloepha).

Full details of the competition can be found here, including the Aeneid passage with macrons marked:
Winners will be announced in March/April 2019 on the ARLT website and by email to the winning schools.  Book tokens will be given as prizes.

For further information please contact Hilary Walters on











Download these instructions:           .pdf      .doc

Download Virgil text with macrons:   .pdf     .docx