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Sallust on glory and virtue | Latin texts

In the beginning of his work War with Catiline, or Bellum Catilinae, Sallust speaks of the glory and virtue of men. Each week we publish recordings of short Latin texts representing a wide variety of Latin authors (from antiquity to modern times). We will try to accommodate all levels of Latin, by recording both easier beginner texts and selections from the rich Latin literature. 

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Suetonius on Julius Caesar | Latin texts..Suetonius de Iulio Caesare | Litterae Latinae

Suetonius, most famous as author of a series of biographies of the Roman emperors, has a particulary amusing and engaging style, with an eye for detail, and a remarking ability to paint with words. In this recording you can listen to the Latin text in which Suetonius gives a detail physical description of Julius Caesar. Now that’s compelling Latin input to listen to! ;)

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Two letters from Cicero | Latin texts..Duae epistulae Ciceronis | Litterae Latinae

It is a great turn of luck that so many of Cicero’s letters have come done to us. Many of these treat the contemporary political events—for which letters are an invaluable source of information. Today, however, you’ll listen not to the political considerations of the statesman Cicero, but to the worried words of Cicero the father, writing to his wife regarding their daughter Tullia’s health.

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Caesar and the pirates | Latin texts..Caesar et piratae | Litterae Latinae

Caesar and the pirates. What more could we want? This is often quoted anecdote is, of course, taken from the Roman historian Suetonius who wrote several biographies of the emperors. The story I recite today is taken from his biography of Jullus Caesar. Listen to the audio and find out how things turned out for the pirates.

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Never lose hope in your studies | Latin texts

Of all the motivational quotes and texts I have ever read, I thing Ringelbertius puts it best in this passage from his treatise on the best way to study. He truly hits the nail on the head when he emphasises the importance of never ever giving up in our pursuit of a worthy and good goal—in this case the learning of Latin. If you have been struggling with establishing a study habit—or any other for that matter— I suggest you listen to the audio of the Latin text on repeat.

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Sallust on the death of Catiline | Latin texts

Sallust is by far my favourite Roman historian. No other is able to combine nostalgia, moral judgement, and an engaging narrative style in such a powerful manner. The passage you’ll listen to now is taken from Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae. In the recording you can listen to the Latin text describing the demise of Catiline, the arch-nemesis of Cicero.

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