The Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies was delighted by the response to this year’s short story competition. They received over 100 entries from schools across the country and from pupils in years 7-11. Each entry told a unique story inspired by an artefact from the Roman and Late Antique Artefacts from Egypt project. This exciting research brings artefacts from the past back to life – and that’s exactly what our storytellers did after exploring the project’s blog or visiting the ‘Sounds of Roman Egypt’ exhibition at the Petrie Museum in London.
There were so many excellent stories that the panel of judges had a tough job deciding on the winners, but in the end the following stories scooped prizes for their accuracy, originality, and vividness:
- 1st prize: Amani Holden (Forest School) for The Panpipes of the Night
- 2nd prize: Amelia Mitchell (Roedean)
- 3rd prizes: Emily Ward (Ardingly College) and Madeleine Hodge (Forest School)
Dr Rosie Wyles, Lecturer in Classical History and Literature, said: ‘The stories showed just how evocative objects can be when it comes to imagining the past. We hope you’ll all keep exploring the ancient world – there’s so much more to discover! We’re hoping to run another competition next year so keep an eye out for it. In the meantime, you can enjoy being transported back to ancient Egypt by the story which won first prize’
Our congratulations to the prize winners and also to everyone who sent in a story.