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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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#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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#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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#32 – Sallust on the death of Catiline | Latin texts 8..#32 – Sallustius de exitu Catilinae | Litterae Latinae 8

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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#30 – Cicero's quest for the tomb of Archimedes | Latin texts 6..#30 – Cicero sepulchrum Archimedis indagat | Litterae Latinae 6

Marcus “Indy” Cicero goes on the quest to find the lost tomb of Archimedes. When even the natives did not believe his tomb was extant, Cicero, using a verse, sets out to prove them wrong. Unlike Indiana Jones, Cicero does not really get his hands dirty. Did he find it? Listen to the audio of this text taken from Cicero’s writings.

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#27 – Cicero on true and perfect friendship | Latin texts 3..27 – Cicero de vera et perfecta amicitia | Litterae Latinae 3

In his old age Cicero wrote set his hand to writing philosophical treatises. These are my favourite works penned by the Roman orator. Today you can listen to the audio of a passage taken from his work on friendship, where he discusses the nature of true friendship. Listen to the recording and follow along with the transcription!

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