Make your Myth Competition

The Faculty of Classics at Cambridge are hugely excited to launch our new competition this year! We want you to get creative with the Classics and come up with your own myth. The competition is open to school years 3-8 (ages 7-13). These year groups will be split into two categories to be judged separately: 3-5 and then 6-8.

We are looking for creative entries that have been inspired by Diana in the form of:
1) CREATIVE WRITING  (poetry, short story, letters, etc. of up to 500 words. Illustrations or decorative borders are welcome, but not compulsory.)
OR
2) ART  (paintings, drawings, models, etc.)

Terms and Conditions of this competition can be downloaded HERE.

How to enter

  1. Have a look at the photo of Diana. What is she doing? How is she stood? What else features around her or on her? Let your imagination go wild and MAKEYOUR MYTH!
  2. Recreate your myth in either creative writing or a piece of art
  3. Download and sign the Parental Consent Form
  4. Fill in the online ENTRY FORM HERE
  5. Send entries, along with signed parental consent forms to us 

Entries can be sent via email to: schools.liaison@classics.cam.ac.uk or posted to: FAO: Esme Booth / Jennie Thornber, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA.
NB: We will be taking 3 entries per category from each school that enters (6 maximum)

Prizes

The judges will be looking for creative pieces that show imagination and originality, so do not feel like you have to re-write any of what we know about Diana. We want something completely NEW!
Winners will receive goodie bags filled with some Classics themed prizes inside. Winning pieces will also be shared on the Cambridge Classics Faculty website and social media channels for all to see!

Deadline for entries is Friday 21st December 2018. 
Winners will be announced at the start of the Lent Term 2019 

Good Luck and we look forward to seeing all of your amazing work!

 2 people, people standing and outdoor

This statue from the Museum of Classical Archaeology in Cambridge is called the Diana of Versailles but you may know her better as the ancient Greek goddess Artemis (Diana is the name the Romans used). She was the goddess of the hunt, which is why you can see her reaching for an arrow from the quiver on her back. But don’t be worried that she’s going to hunt the deer on the statue! This is her sacred animal: a deer with golden antlers. Even when the hero Hercules was sent to capture the deer as one of his 12 labours, Diana told him he mustn’t harm a single hair on the deer’s head. Diana was also linked with the moon and was the goddess who looked out for young women, especially woman having babies.    

This statue of Diana is a copy of a statue made over 2,000 years ago by the ancient Greeks. Much later in the statue’s life, King Louis XIV of France (who reigned 1643-1715) moved the statue to the palace of Versailles near Paris where it was displayed in the beautiful Hall of Mirrors. This is how the statue gets its name: the Diana of Versailles. Our statue is copy is made of plaster of Paris but it is exactly the same size and has all the same details as the original statue. It was made over 130 years ago so that people in Cambridge would be able to learn about this statue without having to travel all the way to Paris to see the real one.  

Privacy Notice
The Faculty of Classics (University of Cambridge) uses personal information solely for the purposes of administering the Make Your Myth 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. The legal basis for processing personal data of children is consent; consent must be provided by a child’s parent/guardian by signing and scanning in/posting the Parental Consent Form. The Parental Consent Form must be submitted at the same time as the competition entry.  
For more information about our privacy practices please visit https://www.information-compliance.admin.cam.ac.uk/data-protection/general-data

All queries should be directed to schools.liaison@classics.cam.ac.uk

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