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B.  X. de Wet Essay Competition

 

Results 2004

 

(Reported by Johan Cilliers, convenor of the adjudicating panel):

 

Eight essays were submitted for the B.X. de Wet Essay Competition. The essays covered a wide range of topics, each one testifying to a remarkable insight into and enthusiasm for aspects of the classical world. In a few cases the links between these aspects of classical civilization and the modern world were ably pointed out. The winning essay for the 2004 competition was "The refinements of the Parthenon" by Kate Pendlebury of Rhodes University, and the runner-up was "Dionysus, a god of the 'other'" by Lisa Theron of the University of Kwazulu-Natal (Durban). Lydia Matthews's essay, "Fredrick Nietzche's conception of Dionysus and its reality in the Greek world", and Greg Freeman's "Myths on the move", both from the University of Kwazulu-Natal (Durban), also had great merit. It is heartwarming to see that teachers of Greek and Latin studies can motivate young people to write essays of such a remarkable standard.