Posts tagged Classical Latin
#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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#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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#11 – Litterae Latinae | Architectus audacissimus Alexandriae urbis (Vitr. 2. pr.)

Hodie vobis recitabo locum ex Vitruvii libro secundo de architectura, quis crederet? Quamquam multi sunt qui audito nomine Vitruvii fabulas iucundas minime exspectent, tamen in praefatione secundi libri invenitur fabula non iniucunda de Dinocrate architecho qui Alexandriam constituit, quam vobis nunc recitabo. Proinde aequo animo attendite!

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