2021 AV Ancient World Competition

Kleos and Construction in the Ancient World, background: view of Athens

The Faculty of Classics would like you to communicate the ancient world through ANY type of Audio-Visual format you like. Of course, this can still be film clips but feel free to change things up with a photography series, perhaps a podcast or music recording or even a dance performance! We are looking for creative and exciting entries that explore the ancient world and present it in a new media format.

Further Information in PDF format. 

What are the rules? 


Teams can have up to 4 members, from year 9 to year 13 (ages 13-19.)

You do not all have to appear in the piece as you may wish to spread the tasks involved, such as directing, recording, editing and presenting/performing. You can also apply as an individual.

The Theme

Select a topic: This year your piece can be centred on kleos* and/or construction in the ancient world. You might look to answer a historical question, consider a piece of ancient literature or Greek Tragedy, or discuss an ancient object or city- go wherever the muses take you.

*kleos- (glory, fame) in Ancient Greek

Choose the Audio-visual format you think would work to present your topic. Make sure that your piece looks and/or sounds thought-provoking and appealing. Remember that you want to interest and intrigue your audience – and the judges!

Video and music clips up to 4 minutes 
Podcasts up to 5 minutes

The Prize(s)

The prize will be a share of £750 as well as being published on our website and social media pages for all to see.

The judges will be looking for creative and exciting entries that have used your chosen media format effectively to bring the subject to life.

Unsure about what to do? Have a question? Contact us at: schools.liaison@classics.cam.ac.uk 

How to Enter?

To enter a video or audio clip, upload your entry onto Youtube (www.youtube.com
This is an easy way to ensure that entries are of a similar size and quality and enables you to retain control and copyright of your film. You can choose to make the video “unlisted” in the settings. It will only be visible to people who have the direct link to it. 
Guidance on uploading films to YouTube. 

This includes information for converting file formats and uploading from mobile devices. 

If you wish to mention that your clip is an entry for our competition, you must include the following disclaimer:

‘The views and opinions in this film are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of any member of the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge’

Once the video clip has been uploaded, please email the URL link to us.

To enter a photography series, please send over via email.

Fill out the Application Form

Then, complete and sign the Declaration Form and send back to us, via email, with your entry.

Please email all completed entries along with application forms to: 

Closing date: 20.12.2021

Good luck!


Anything that you quote in the piece should be acknowledged in a written or spoken form. Please remember that permission should be sought to use any image, music or film that is in copyright and if granted, credit must be given at the end of the film. You can find guidance about what copyright is, what it applies to, who owns it and how long it lasts at 

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The Faculty of Classics (University of Cambridge) uses personal information solely for the purposes of administering the AV Classics Competition. Entries must be submitted by an adult and any contact details provided must belong to the adult submitting the entry. We do not pass on or sell personal information and/or contact details to any third parties. We may use anonymised and aggregated information for reporting our activity to the University of Cambridge. 

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