Competitions

In 2021, the committee selected Susanna Freudenheim and Mattie Sutton as our winners, and Variaam Tratt as our runner-up. In addition, Megan Good’s essay was highly commended by the judges. Congratulations to the winners, and many thanks to all our participants.

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The CA Southwest is very pleased to announce our 2020-21 school essay competition. The competition is open to students in years 11-13 (or equivalent) at schools in the UK. The winner will receive a book token for £50, and two runners up will receive book tokens for £20.

Entries should have one of the following titles:

(1) Do ancient historians tell us more about myth than real events?

(2) “It is easy to view Roman philosophy as nothing more than Greek philosophy in translation.” (David Sedley) Do you think this view is correct?

(3) Do art and archaeology allow us to understand the lives of people not mentioned in literature?

(4) “The study of women in ancient literature is the study of men’s views of women and cannot become anything else.” (Sarah Pomeroy). Do you think this is true?

Entries should be a maximum of 1500 words, and should be emailed at an attachment (Word or PDF) to k.l.mcdonald@exeter.ac.uk by midnight on the 1st March 2021. Please do not include your name or school on the essay itself, but include your name, school and contact details in the email. Submitted essays must be in English, and all entrants must cite sources and secondary literature and provide a list of references at the end of the essay. We will expect to announce the winners and runners up in May or June. The CA Southwest committee reserves to right to award more or fewer prizes as they deem appropriate.


In 2019, the judges awarded first prize to Andrew McLeod, and Isabel Valder was the runner-up. Congratulations everyone! Many thanks to all our entrants.

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The CA Southwest is very pleased to announce our 2018-19 essay competition. The competition is open to students in years 11-13 at schools in the UK. The winner will receive a book token for £50, and two runners up will receive book tokens for £20.

Entries should have one of the following titles:

(1) Could women be heroes in the ancient world?

(2) Does ancient art help us know more about the lives of people not mentioned in literature?

(3) Does Hollywood aid or hinder our understanding of ancient history?

Entries should be a maximum of 1500 words, and should be emailed at an attachment (Word or PDF) to k.l.mcdonald@exeter.ac.uk by midnight on the 1st February 2019. Please do not include your name or school on the essay itself, but include your name, school and contact details in the email. Submitted essays must be in English, and all entrants must cite sources and secondary literature and provide a list of references at the end of the essay. We will expect to announce the winners and runners up in May or June. The CA Southwest committee reserves to right to award more or fewer prizes as they deem appropriate.


In 2018, the judges have decided to award two highly commended essays a £20 book token each. These two prizes went to Flossie Palmer and Alec Wallis. Congratulations to Flossie and Alec, and many thanks to all our entrants.

The 2018-19 essay competition will be announced at the beginning of the academic year.

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The CA Southwest is very pleased to announce our 2017-18 essay competition. The competition is open to students in years 11-13 at schools in the UK. The winner will receive a book token for £50, and two runners up will receive book tokens for £20.

Entries should have one of the following titles:

(1) Does ancient history tell us more about myth than events?

(2) “It is easy to view Roman philosophy as nothing more than Greek philosophy in translation.” (David Sedley) Do you think this view is correct?

(3) Does archaeology allow us to understand the lives of people not mentioned in literature?

(4) “The study of women in ancient literature is the study of men’s views of women and cannot become anything else.” (Sarah Pomeroy). Do you think this is true?

Entries should be a maximum of 1500 words, and should be emailed at an attachment (Word or PDF) to k.l.mcdonald@exeter.ac.uk by midnight on the 1st February 2018. Please do not include your name or school on the essay itself, but include your name, school and contact details in the email. Submitted essays must be in English, and all entrants must cite sources and secondary literature and provide a list of references at the end of the essay. We will expect to announce the winners and runners up in May. The CA Southwest committee reserves to right to award more or fewer prizes as they deem appropriate.