Final Post!

Well the end of the summer is officially here, and with it the end of my research. If you’re interested in my final product, please take a look at my article attached! However, if there is one thing I have learned during this summer, it is that research is a living and breathing entity. While I have finally compiled all of my summer’s work into one single paper, I have no doubt that I will continue to work on my original hypothesis that the Laudatio Turiae acts as a bridge between the archaic customs of the Roman Republic and the burgeoning culture of the Roman Empire; it illuminates the changes the Romans were undergoing by highlighting the evolutions of the Latin language and marital customs. I intend to search further into the legal world of wills and the structure of Roman marriages among other topics that my research has carried me towards. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience both in terms of the research I was able to accomplish and the knowledge I gained about the article writing process!    LT Essay Draft 2

Culinary Warfare or How to Make a Spanish Omelette without Eggs

Those who know me in any capacity have had to endure, at one point or another, my evangelical devotion to food, not only as a source of nutrients –please, I am not that practical– but also as a means of constructing communal and personal identity. In particular, I tend to gravitate towards the familial values passed between the generations of matriarchs and the rituals of home cooking. It was David M. Kaplan who once said, “Food has social meaning and significance beyond its nutritive function; it is also expressive […] Food preparation and consumption are bound to beliefs, practices, laws of nations and cultures. Food and culture define one another,” and I’ve taken his words to heart. What entices us, what sustains us is the symbolic way food connects us to what’s important. After all, do we not mark the milestones of our lives with food? The birthday cake. The highly allegorical Passover feast. Even the proverbial chicken soup that accompanies every illness and heartbreak. Infinite in its nostalgia, food is nothing without its context, and, for me, the context is life itself.

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The Not So Sunshine State

Because of the nature of my project, I was able to go home to my family in Florida and set up a work station in my house rather than stay at school. I was so happy about this since I’d be able to see my family, enjoy the beach, and also get work done in the process. Florida is supposed to be a huge vacation state because of the sunshine and beaches, but this Summer tourists and residents did not see a whole lot of sunshine as it seemed to rain every day.

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