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Latin Day 2013

March 7, 2013

On Friday, 1 March, the Department of Classics welcomed to campus more than two hundred high school students from Waco, Dallas-Forth Worth, Austin and San Antonio for the ninth annual Baylor Latin Day. In addition to a spirited Certamen, from which Austin's Hill Country Christian School emerged victorious, students participated in a variety of events celebrating the Latin language and ancient civilization. In keeping with this year's theme of the textual tradition and manuscript studies, Dr. Nodes offered a lecture on Latin "texting," which introduced students to the practice of reading abbreviations in ancient manuscripts. A group of students also had the opportunity to study artifacts from the Green Collection, one of the world's largest private collections of biblical manuscripts, in a workshop led by Dr. Fish, Dr. Burris, and Dr. Nielson. Students also competed in a video contest featuring commercials designed to promote the study of Latin over the modern languages, in one instance dancing through the conjugation of the verb salio. Finally, Dr. White and students in Baylor's Classics program presented a skillful performance of Plautus' Menaechmi, a slapstick comedy of mistaken identities from the third century B.C. Latin Day serves to showcase one of Baylor's noblest academic programs to the next generation of university students. It's a day combining contests won and lost, lessons learned, and new friends made, all within their mutual love omnium rerum Latinarum.