We are very grateful to the Classical Association for their generous grant which allows us to hold our annual Classics Competition for 11-19 year old students. The competition offers young people a fabulous opportunity to research and deliver their presentation to a friendly audience on a classical topic, and it would not be possible without the help of our patrons, supporters and judges.
Professor Paul Cartledge
Professor Paul Cartledge, Emeritus A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture and Senior Research Fellow at Clare College Cambridge, is a distinguished academic, historian and author. Professor Cartledge is an honorary citizen of (modern) Sparta and in 2016 he taught the Association ‘Ten Things You Really Must Know About Ancient Greek Democracy‘! We are thrilled and honoured to have Professor Cartledge as a patron and his support has been invaluable.
Caroline Lawrence, bestselling author of the Roman Mysteries series, is a fantastic ambassador for Classics and we are very proud to have her as a patron of our Classics Competitions. In 2015, she delivered a great lecture to the Association entitled ‘Mentors and Talismans in Myth and Movies – from Odysseus to Paddington Bear’ and in 2018 judged our inaugural Junior Classics Competition for pupils in years 4-6. Check out her latest work – ‘The Roman Quests’ here!
Classics Competition 2020 – Professor Edith Hall and Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson
Professor Hall and Dr Holmes Henderson are both based at King’s College London and are the founders and co-ordinators of the Advocating Classics Education (ACE) project. Having given a lecture for the branch in 2016, Professor Hall will join us in welcoming Dr Holmes Henderson to Lytham St Annes for the first time as they both judge the 2020 Grand Final in March.
Classics Competition 2019 – Professor Michael Scott
Academic, author, broadcaster and presenter of (most recently) the BBC’s Ancient Invisible Cities, our President was the esteemed judge of our 2019 competition as Kirkham Grammar School’s Thomas Hewitt became the overall winner.
Classics Competition 2018 – Dr Fiona Hobden
Dr Fiona Hobden is a Senior Lecturer in Greek Culture at Liverpool University and her research interests extend from the Symposium to the reception of antiquity in contemporary society. She gave excellent support to our four 2018 finalists and crowned Megan Maguire the winner.
Classics Competition 2017 – Katherine Backler
Katherine Backler, Examination Fellow at All Souls’ College Oxford, has undertaken research on topics such as the social networks of Classical Athenian women and the role of textiles in Homer. In 2017 she offered our finalists her advice and expertise, as Harvey Phythian won the title.
Classics Competition 2016 – Dr Katharine Earnshaw
Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter and a specialist in Lucan and Latin hexameter poetry, Dr Earnshaw returned to her roots in 2016 and was the judge of our inaugural Classics Competition, when Ross Kinnaird became our first Champion!