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-
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”
Virgil Aeneid 9 381-
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?
‘pro taberna Clementis’ lines 12-
(‘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 -
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