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the Aeneid text, with macrons marked .docx or .pdf

Listen to:  an ARLT recording of these lines from Aeneid 1

Intermediate (Year 10 & 11) and Senior (Year 12 & 13)

Record yourself reading Virgil Aeneid 1 187-209 ‘cōnstitit hīc ... premit altum corde dolōrem.’

Special focus: reading for meaning – make sure you show understanding of the passage (especially where there is hyperbaton (separation of words that seem to belong together): 188 ‘fidus … Achates’, 189-190 ‘ductores … sternit’, 190-191 ‘omnem … turbam’, etc).  A copy of the text with macrons marked is available below and also by download  Audio section has members of ARLT reading this passage.

Maximum of 2 entries per category per school

Junior (Years 8 & 9)

Record yourself reading Cambridge Latin Course Stage 19 p123 ‘venatio’ Part II lines 7-21 (‘tum Aethiopes ... vulneratus est.’)

Maximum of 3 entries per school.  

If you need a paper copy of the text please contact Hilary Walters (address below).

Send recordings in MP3 format by 10th February 2017 by email to the webmaster at:

Please preface each recording by stating school, student’s name and year, and include these details in the name of the MP3 file.  Please check your recording to make sure it has recorded properly.

Advice on pronunciation can be found at: readitright.html

and help with reading hexameter verse at: reading.html

Entries will be judged on accuracy of pronunciation and ability to convey the meaning and mood of the passage.  For verse, sensitivity to metre will also be noted.  These features will be given approximately equal weighting.  Elided vowels may either be completely omitted or the two vowels may be combined to fit a single metrical slot (synaloepha).

Winners will be announced in March/April 2017 on the ARLT website and by email to the winning schools.  Book tokens will be given as prizes.

For further information please contact Hilary Walters on