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Classics drama at St Andrews

Classically minded school pupils from all over Scotland gathered at the University of St Andrews today (Wednesday 18th June, 2002) to take part in the traditional Annual Recitation and Project Competition.

More than 100 youngsters travelled from Fife, Perthshire, Tayside and Angus to perform recitals and short dramas in ancient Greek and Latin, competing against their contemporaries for cash and trophy prizes.

The competition, which has been running for over 20 years, was organised by The Tayside Branch of the Classical Association in conjunction with the University of St Andrews’ School of Greek, Latin And Ancient History.

This year, it attracted entrants from secondary schools throughout Scotland, including Madras College, Kirkcaldy High School, Glenalmond College and Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen.

School Liaison Officer Dr Jason König of the University’s School of Greek Latin And Ancient History, said:

‘The Recitation Competition is a wonderful opportunity for students from all over the country to get together and to enjoy performing and learning about ancient languages and the ancient world more broadly. Numbers for the Junior drama competiton were paticularly high this year, and that’s a great indication of the continuing strength of Classics at all levels.’

The competition awarded prizes at junior, intermediate and senior level ¿ the older pupils performed readings of Latin and Greek poetry and prose while the Juniors performed a short play on the Trojan War in Latin. The judging panel consisted of members of staff from the School of Greek, Latin & Ancient History.

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NOTE TO EDITORS – DETAILS OF THE WINNERS WILL BE AVAILABLE SHORTLY AFTER 4PM ON WEDNESDAY 18TH JUNE.

For further information about the competition, please contact Jason König, School Liaison Officer for the School of Greek Latin And Ancient History on 01334 462618.

Issued by Beattie Media On behalf of the University of St Andrews Contact Gayle Cook 01334 467227, mobile 07900 050103, or email gec3@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: classics comp pr 170603 View the latest University news at http://www.st- andrews.ac.uk/extrel/press.htm

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