Concordia’s annual Latin Days is an activities-filled two-day retreat and competition for middle and high school Latin students hosted by the Classical Studies Department.
Participants compete in two major events, the Colosseum Bowl and a written academic competition. The finale is a Roman-style toga banquet where competition winners are announced and prizes are awarded.
Students and teachers participating in Latin Days stay in Concordia residence halls and enjoy the full use of campus facilities during their free time. Students also have the opportunity to spend time with Concordia classical studies majors to learn more about studying Latin at the collegiate level.
Dr. Stanley Iverson, professor emeritus of Classical Studies at Concordia began Latin Days in 1978. Highlights of that first weekend were the Colosseum Bowl and the written competitions – traditions that continue today.
The Colosseum Bowl is a fun Latin knowledge competition with lower, intermediate and advanced divisions forming four-person teams. The students answer oral questions coving Latin grammar and vocabulary, Roman life, history and mythology.
Each student participates in the written academic competitions, choosing three to five tests in grammar, word derivation, Roman life, customs, history and myth.