Posts in Litterae Latinae
....#58 Latin texts 28 – The story of Androclus and the lion..#58 Litterae Latinae 28 – Fabula de Androclo et leone....

Ever wondered about whether it’s a good idea to make friends with lions? In this episode I recite the famous and fabulous story of Androclus and the lion—it goes to show that not all lions are like Scar.

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....#55 Latin texts 27 – The story of Perseus Part 2..#55 Litterae Latinae 27 – Fabula de Perseo II....

Today I'm reciting the second and final part of the story of Perseus, taken from Richie's Fabulae faciles, which by now is quite well known. Enjoy!

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....#54 Latin texts 26 – The story of Perseus Part I..#54 Litterae Latinae 26 – Fabula de Perseo I....

Today I'm reciting the first part of story of Perseus, taken from Richie's Fabulae faciles, a nineteenth century collection of Latin stories in intermediate Latin.

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....#52 Latin texts 25 – City life, country life..#52 Litterae Latinae 25 – Vita urbana, vita rustica....

Today I'm reading a letter written by Pliny, in which he treats the differences between city life and country life. He does seem to favour one over the other though. Listen and find out!

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....#51– Latin texts 24 – Cicero's story about fraud..#51 – Litterae Latinae 24 – Ciceronis fabula de malo dolo....

Today's recording is of a passage from the third book of de Officiis in which Cicero tells a great story: The Roman eques Canius was looking to purchase a lakeside property. As luck would have it, he meets Pythius, a wealthy banker, who has just the thing, but Pythius is not selling…

 

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....#50 – Latin texts 23: Erasmus' perilous winter journey..#50 – Litterae Latinae 23: Periculosum Erasmi iter hiemale....

I've been getting e-mails asking me to record something by the 16th century humanist Erasmus. Since I enjoy his work and his eclectic Latin, I looked through a volume. I stumbled upon a letter of his that I've read together with several students the last couple of years. In it he describes a dangerous journey.

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#48 – Cicero on the Ring of Gyges | Latin texts 22..#48 – Cicero de anulo Gygis | Litterae Latinae 22

This episode of our series of recorded Latin texts is a story told by Cicero about a man by the name Gyges, who, after a violent rainstorm, finds a very special ring which gives him a superpower, not unlike that which was given to Bilbo and Frodo.

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#47 – Sallust on glory and virtue | Latin texts 21..#47 – Sallustius de gloria et virtute | Litterae Latinae 21

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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#46 – Romulus the first Roman king | Latin texts 20..#46 – Romulus primus Romanorum rex | Litterae Latinae 20

The story of Romulus, the fabled first king of Rome, is one of the most famous passages from Latin literature, and has been treated by various authors from antiquity to the modern day. This particular version is a recording of the Romulus story as given by the Roman historian Aurelius Victor.

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#44 – Cincinnatus | Latin texts 19..#44 – Cincinnatus | Litterae Latinae 19

One of the most famous stories from Latin literature concerns Cincinnatus’ brief dictatorship, and his absence of lust for power. Authors of the empire would often look back to him as an example of the old Roman morals before they were “corrupted”. Listen to the Latin text recorded from the text book written by Sanford and Scott.

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#43 – Demosthenes and the donkey's shadow | Latin texts 18..#43 – Demosthenes et asini umbra | Litterae Latinae 18

Greek literature is a rich treasure trove of interesting and amusing anecdotes that posterity has often used to illustrate a particular point in an elegant and entertaining manner. Listen to this Latin audio passage in which Demosthenes tells the tale of the donkey's shadow to make an important point.

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#42 – The story about the shrewd elephant | Latin texts 17..#42 – Fabula de elephanti sagacitate | Litterae Latinae 17

One should never underestimate an elephant and his ire when cheated. This week's recording of short Latin texts is a short story about a shrewd elephant and it's revenge...

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#41 – Suetonius on Julius Caesar | Latin texts 16..#41 – Suetonius de Iulio Caesare | Litterae Latinae 16

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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#40 – The story about the wood-cutter and the golden axe | Latin texts 15..#40 – Fabula de lignatore et securi aurea | Litterae Latinae 15

There is something quite amusing with this kind of short pithy stories with a strong moral point to make. Listen to the audio of this Latin text about an honest wood cutter, and his axe. Does his honesty pay off? Listen and find out!

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#39 – Aurelius Commodus | Latin texts 14..#39 – Aurelius Commodus | Litterae Latinae 14

Aurelius Commodus is probably, at least these days, most known from the motion picture Gladiator, where he his played by Joaquin Phoenix. The fascination with this particular emperor goes back to the Roman historians. In this episode you can listen to a brief summary of Commodus’ life as it is given in the Epitome de Caesaribus.

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#38 – The crime and fate of Daedalus | Latin texts 13..#38 – Scelus et fatum Daedali | Litterae Latinae 13

Daedalus is most famous for being the first man to develop a viable flight technology—at least in Greek mythology. In this episode I recite this sad story of Daedalus and the fate of his son as they fled from captivity. In this story you’ll learn why he was locked up in the first place. Was he an innocent man?

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#37 – Two letters from Cicero | Latin texts 12..#37 – Duae epistulae Ciceronis | Litterae Latinae 12

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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#36 – Caesar and the pirates | Latin texts 11 ..#36 – Caesar et piratae | Litterae Latinae 11

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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#34 – Never lose hope in your studies | Latin texts 10..#34 – In studiis numquam desperandum est | Litterae Latinae 10

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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#33 – Ancient Roman furniture | Latin Texts 9..#33 Supellex domus Romanae | Litterae Latinae 9

I remember the first time I visited Pompeii. We were walking through the streets worn out by the carts that had passed there 2000 years earlier. It was truly a magical feeling to experience so up close the residues of every day Roman life. In the midst of this it started pouring down. Dressed in elegant Hawaii shorts, I took cover. In our disappointment to not be able to continue our walk, we learned of the wallpaintings showing furniture of the time. Marvellous. Now, almost just as good, listen to the audio of a Latin text describing Roman furniture.

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