Trèbes – A day in Antiquity with the college Latinists

Trèbes – A day in Antiquity with the college Latinists
Trèbes – A day in Antiquity with the college Latinists

Doing Latin provides a culture and vocabulary that can be valuable in many fields, from philosophy to botany, including medicine and pharmacy!

Virginie Subias-Konofal, associate professor of classics, doctor of letters, is professor of Latin at Gaston-Bonheur college.

Full of dynamism and passion, Virginie Subias-Konofal spoke about Latin in a different way during a day of immersion in ancient civilizations and aroused the interest of the students. His Latin students have joined his project: to do, in this language week, the Latin “Emperor” of the day.

Motivated 5th, 4th and 3rd year Latin students, proud and happy to lead the workshops and explain how Latin allows you to build a general culture.

“Latin is not a dead language! Doing Latin in college is discovering a language that is still very much alive today with expressions and words used… This is the case for common expressions like vice versa, roughly modo, alter ego or expressions like: a fortiori, de visu or even status quo, without forgetting 5,000 years of history behind us!.

As for automobile brands! In Latin, Volvo means “I ride”. Audi (“hear” in Latin) refers to the surname of founder August Horch (listen in German). As for Nike, the brand chose the Latinized form of Greek Nike meaning “victory”, uses the wings of the victory of Samothrace…

Virginie Subias-Konofal led the dessert workshop: “The Romans loved sweet and sour foods, they put pepper everywhere, even on pies! They didn’t know sugar and replaced it with jams and honey…”. Together, they prepared dates stuffed with pine nuts and honey: it was easy to make and above all very tasty!

The 5th grade dishes workshop explained that the garum, juice or sauce in Latin, was the main condiment used in Rome. Made from fermented fish or oysters, it was used in many dishes, thanks to its strong salty taste.

Anouk, Jeanne and Énora, with Latin first names and their French correspondence, evoked the etymology.

A chariot race with the most beautiful effect, Roman struggles with shields made at the school enlivened the playground!

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