Classicists win gold and silver

latin reading 4Last Friday, Bedales travelled down to Portsmouth Grammar School to challenge them and Winchester College in a Latin and Greek Reading Competition. Freddy Mardlin, Charlie Milliken and I took part against some fierce competition. I read a passage of Thucydides, in which Pericles makes a funeral oration. He implores the audience to honour their dead and fall in love with their city. It is a speech which has been copied thousands of times through the years – I dressed as an early 20th Century General to express this! After a nerve-wracking performance I came out with a silver medal, while Winchester secured a very worthy victory.

Latin reading

Subsequently, Freddy and Charlie gained a gold medal in their Greek dialogue – a section of Euripides’ Trojan Women, in which a mother is told about the tragic plot to kill her own son; moaning and groaning ensues. We tried to get Freddy into a dress as Andromache but for some reason, he wasn’t too keen…Other highlights included a section from Junior Latin of a drunk chef hallucinating, and some of the famous Aeneid.

After the competition, Chris kindly treated us to a victory feast in Gunwharf Quays! Perhaps Bedales could one day host this challenging event?

classics reading competition

By Oscar Braun-White, 6.2


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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