Cooking with Apicius!

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The students are introduced to the cookbook of Apicius by reading a number of recipes in class and then go to work themselves in the school kitchen or at home. The students will film the preparation of their dishes and will make Roman food. There may be multiple reasons: a cultural item around eating and cooking in Roman times, for the open day...


Step 1 Preparation

During the culture lesson about daily life in Roman times there is always some attention given to eating habits. As Latin text for this cultural item some recipes from Apicius cookbook may be read.

Step 2 Presentation in the class

a) In groups of three or four the students can visit the website to look for a recipe they would like to prepare. They can look up the Latin text themselves on

b) The final selection of recipes is best done in class in the first grade. The selected recipes will then be translated during class.

c) Once the students have a good translation of their recipe they will review the list of ingredients in their group and look up the meaning of unknown words (moretum, epityrum, oenogarum… these terms will not be explained during the translation in class). They will also do further research, together with their teacher, if adjustments have to be made for the preparation.

Step 3 Cooking!

Get to work: the dishes are prepared in the kitchen at school. Everyone will bring their own ingredients or you can take care of everything. It may be a good idea to have a colleague or students film the “making of”. Filming with a tablet often produces beautiful results. You could make 4 or 5 episodes of ‘Roman food’ (depending on the time you want to invest in it).

Step 4 A Roman meal

All dishes are eaten together (in Roman style), the episodes can be shown at the open day, information moments, in the other Latin classes.

What do I need?

  • Internet: Yes
  • Hardware: PC tablet and smartphone; other :a kitchen with the necessary cooking equipment

ICT Level and Target Group

  • ICT level: intermediate
  • Target group: Latin students first, second or third degree

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