For Year 9 and under: approximately 1500 – 2500 words. Illustrations (with captions) are welcome.
Which can tell us more about Greek and Roman religion: written sources or physical artefacts?
You should compare the knowledge of the gods we get from writings such as Ovid's Metamorphoses with what we discover from temples, statues, and Greek pottery. You should include specific examples from both types of source, and reach a conclusion.
'Female characters in ancient Epic poetry contribute little to plot, themes, or characterisation'. To what extent do you agree with this statement?
Consider the importance of female characters in Epic. You should refer to a range of characters from at least two Epic poems (such as Homer's Iliad, Homer's Odyssey, and Virgil's Aeneid), and argue how important they are to the plot, themes, and characterisation of those poems.
Was the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 a terrible tragedy, or should we be glad that it preserved Roman towns and villages for us to study?
You should consider what was terrible about the disaster, and also think about what modern knowledge of the ancient world gains from Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the other settlements and buildings preserved by the eruption. The accounts of the eruption by Pliny the Younger may be useful to you. You should present your findings in a format of your choosing (e.g. an essay, a drama, a letter, etc.).
'Putting on Greek Tragedies in the modern world is a pointless act, since these plays have no relevance to a modern audience'. How far do you agree with this statement?
In your answer you should refer to at least two Greek tragedies, and consider to what extent they contain themes, characters, and plots that are relevant to modern culture.
Gladiator games were banned in AD 404. Should they have been banned sooner?
You should consider what was good and bad about gladiator games, and refer to specific examples of benefits and problems. You should reach a conclusion as to whether banning gladiators as entertainment would have been a good thing.
Submission of entries for 2017-18 Competition
- Candidates must put their name, date of birth and school on the FRONT COVER PAGE of their entries. This information should NOT be placed on the pages of the essay itself.
- The judges would like to see a bibliography or a list of the sources consulted. A word count should be given.
- Entries may be submitted electronically (preferably) or by post.
- The final date for entries is 31st January 2018.
Entries should be submitted in Microsoft Word format only. Please do not use difficult fonts (e.g. all capitals).
Entries should be emailed as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org with the email subject ‘Jowett Sendelar Competition Entry 2017'. Please include the address of your school in the email for the mailing of any prizes awarded.
Entries MUST be in A4 paper format, printed or written, in black or blue ink. Please do not use difficult fonts (e.g. all capitals).
Entries should be marked “Jowett Sendelar Essay Competition” and sent to: Dr J. Reeson, Bolton School Boys’ Division, Chorley New Road, Bolton, Lancashire BL1 4PA. The closing date for entries is 31st January 2018. Please feel free to submit entries before this deadline. Candidates will be notified in the Spring Term 2018.
Please attach a stamped addressed envelope for the return of scripts, reports and any prizes.