The Association for Latin Teaching

respice prospice

The majority of entrants showed good understanding of the passages in their reading, although in the Virgil pupils found coping with hyperbaton a challenge; on the other hand they largely dealt well with enjambement. No-one was tempted to emphasize the verse ictus too much at the expense of the word accent, although there were places where there was distortion (accent on the last syllable of two-syllable words “legit”, “equos”, “noctis”, or three-syllable words “subito”, “faciat”). Quantities were generally accurate, although not even the best entries were perfect.  Almost all pupils made a real effort to bring out the variety of mood in the passages, and some of the exciting moments were read with great passion.

Several teachers commented on how much they had enjoyed preparing their pupils for the competition.

Burntwood School: “we really enjoyed preparing for and taking part in the competition”

NLCS Jeju, Korea: “thank you for organising the competition. It really motivated our students and added more variety to their study.”

Private pupil; “it is such things which give that little impetus to take the classics further”

H.A. Walters

ARLT Latin Reading Competition

 2016 - results

Intermediate and Senior

Virgil Aeneid 9 381-401

silva fuit lātē dūmīs atque īlice nigrā

horrida, quam dēnsī complērant undique sentēs;

rāra per occultōs lūcēbat sēmita callēs.

Euryalum tenebrae rāmōrum onerōsaque praeda

impediunt, fallitque timor regiōne viārum.                  385

Nīsus abit; iamque imprūdēns ēvāserat hostēs

atque locōs quī post Albae dē nōmine dictī

Albānī (tum rēx stabula alta Latīnus habēbat),

ut stetit et frūstrā absentem respexit amīcum:

‘Euryale īnfēlīx, quā tē regiōne relīquī?                      390

quāve sequar?’ rūrsus perplexum iter omne revolvēns

fallācis silvae simul et vestīgia retrō

observāta legit dūmīsque silentibus errat.

audit equōs, audit strepitūs et signa sequentum;

nec longum in mediō tempus, cum clāmor ad aurēs    395

pervenit ac videt Euryalum, quem iam manus omnis

fraude locī et noctis, subitō turbante tumultū,

oppressum rapit et cōnantem plūrima frūstrā.

quid faciat? quā vī iuvenem, quibus audeat armīs

ēripere? an sēsē mediōs moritūrus in ēnsēs               400

īnferat et pulchram properet per vulnera mortem?


Cambridge Latin Course Stage 18 p.102

‘pro taberna Clementis’ lines 12-34

(‘Eutychus cachinnans ... inquit Clemens.’)

This year the standard of entries was very high and it was not easy for the judges to make their final decisions.  We congratulate all the entrants and their teachers on their efforts.  It was clear that a great deal of hard work, preparation and thought had gone into all the recordings.  We hope that even those who did not win enjoyed taking part and we would like to encourage schools to continue sending entries in future.

John Hazel, Hilary Walters, Pat Bunting - adjudicators