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ARLT Latin Reading Competition  2021

 - results -


 1.   Elizabeth Corbett,  Year 13

 Beaconsfield High School


 2 = Constantin Barilits-Gupta, Yr. 12

 Winchester College


 2 = Angelina Lee, Year 12

 NLCS Jeju


 Highly Commended

  Isobel Wanstall, Year 13

 St Edmunds School Canterbury


 1. Skye Slatcher   Year11

Rugby School


  2. Sareena Khan  Year 11

 Loughborough High School


  Highly Commended

  Hyeon Moon,  Year 10

 NLCS Jeju

 Tara Khemlani , Year 10

 North London Collegiate School


  1= Freesia Kim , Year 9

 NLCS Jeju


  1= Irene Ning, Year 9

 North London Collegiate School


  1= Thomas Young,  Year 9

 St Edmunds, Canterbury


  2= Yejee Hwang,  Year 9

 NLCS Jeju


 2= Frida-Killmer  Year 8



 3= Caterina Bargioni   Year 8



  3= Naureen Hassan , Year 9

 Beaconsfield High School


  3= Maisie Wilson, Year 8

 Landmark International School


 Highly Commended:

  Antonia Anderson

 Landmark International School,

  Kai Egan

 Landmark International School

  Lola Dandeker

 Beaconsfield High School

  Katie Higgins

 St Helen’s School London

  Olivia Isla-Pujol

 Godolphin & Latymer

  Lina Marandet,

 North London Collegiate

Report on 2021 ARLT Reading Competition

Junior section

We were very impressed with the extremely high standard of entries.  Candidates had clearly spent a lot of time and care preparing the reading.  It was not easy to judge between the entries, so a slight hesitation or false quantity often made the difference between receiving or failing to receive an award.  The best candidates read fluently, accurately, with phrasing that showed understanding of the passage; they also took advantage of the dramatic potential of the text and read with feeling and engagement.

Main pointers to watch out for:

The Cambridge Latin Course marks quantities of vowels, so it is important to observe these (iānuam, frāctae, ‘cēteri’ etc.).  Aim for pure, Italianate vowels, avoiding English ‘yew’ for ‘u’, ‘Die-ogenes’ for ‘Dee-ogenes’ etc..  There was some uncertainty about the stress accent on words; the ‘penultimate rule’ applies (stress on the penultimate syllable if this scans long, the antepenultimate if the penultimate scans short): ‘effregērunt’ ‘irrupērunt’ ‘subito’.  Consonants ‘c’ and ‘g’ should be hard.  Pronounce all the syllables in a word (‘recipiebat’ (5 syllables) ‘mortuus’ (3 syllables)).  ‘Eheu’ is a particular stumbling block;  we suggest a kind of sigh ‘e-hay-oo’.

Senior and Intermediate sections (Aeneid 2)

It was obvious that a lot of preparation had gone into most of the entries this year – and, presumably, without as much input and helpful advice from teachers as is possible under normal circumstances. Congratulations should go to those who read the passage fluently and expressively and conveyed the meaning successfully, making the contrasts required between the various elements of the storyline – notably when it came to the direct speech. A few entrants rushed the passage far too much, thus losing impact – and one or two quite frenetically over-dramatic performances ruined the sense! In the Intermediate section there were, regrettably, a few entries where the Latin sounded as if it were being sight-read, with no sense whatsoever of the meaning being conveyed - and pronunciation being totally way-out!

Many of the entrants did manage to get a sense of the metre combined with the flow of the meaning – though there was one where the meaning was totally subsumed by the metrical rendition!

Main pointers to watch out for:

  •  enjambement / correct phrasing frequently not observed:  eg saucius, l.529, fecisti l.539; ll. 542-3; l.532 making a break in the middle of the  phrase: multo vitam //cum sanguine fudit.
  •  vowel quantities incorrect: even though the metre shows they must be light/short or heavy/long, words like tamen  and premit were pronounced with a long vowel in the first syllable, and concidit with a long vowel in the second syllable; funere and vulnere
  •  suffered the lengthening of the middle vowel in several instances (despite the words being the dactyl in the 5th foot!)
  •  “s” frequently pronounced as “z”
  •  not enough contrast made between narrative and speech

  H.A.W.  J.L.   8.03.21

Text for Senior and Intermediates

Aeneid 2 526-546

 ‘ecce autem elapsus ... umbone pependit.

Text for Junior category

Cambridge Latin Course Stage 17 p78-79

 ‘tumultus II’ lines 9-28

 (‘faber per fenestram ... te defendebat.’)

Some feedback from participating schools

“Thank you for running the ARLT Reading Competition again this year. My students have greatly enjoyed preparing for it. “ (LHS)

“We were disappointed to miss out on our regional Classical Association reading competition last year, so have eagerly embraced the opportunity to enter this one! This has been a particularly valuable opportunity for those students who love reading Latin out loud but are less comfortable performing on stage with an audience, so it will certainly become a fixture in our calendar.”


“This is all their own work at home - one student found out about this competition a few days ago and I simply pointed them towards the guidance you give on the website. ..They both very much enjoyed doing this!” (A.H.)