Greetings from the Young Lecturer Emil Anton (M.Th., M.A.) 2013

When I think of the Latin language I remember the eight Latin courses I took in Ressu Upper Secondary School. They were full of aha! moments as time after time the etymology of modern words was cleared up through Latin. Later I had an opportunity to tell others about my eurekas - I can hear my younger brother saying "yeah yeah, a K is like an S and vowels vary".

My family from my mother's side comes from Jyväskylä, so I'm so happy to have the opportunity to return to my roots to lecture. In some way the whole event is about returning to the roots; about rediscovering our identity through diving into Western European cultural history. As is well known, one doesn't need to go far back in history in order to realize that Latin was needed almost everywhere.

For me Latin is not a dead language. I hear it constantly in church and I see it in theological literature. This is my context, but Latin is alive in other fields as well, and in addition to that it can actually be spoken, too! If you don't believe me, come to Jyväskylä in September!

When I lived in Turku in the summer of 2010 I wrote in Turun Sanomat about Turku being the Rome of Finland. Only a year later I found out that Jyväskylä is the Athens of Finland, and that got me even more fascinated. Athens and Rome, Greek philosophy and Latin theology, and on top of that medieval Germany - it didn't take long to come up with a lecture topic. I hope that the information about Athenis Finlandiae spreads widely and effectively so that we can get as big a crowd as possible to attend the meeting in September!

Emil Anton
M.Th., M.A.

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