Posts tagged Latin audio
....#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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#13 – Latin literature | The Christmas Story x2 (Vulgate and Sebastien Châteillon)..#13 – Litterae Latinae | Christi nativitas x 2 (Versio vulgata et Sebastiani Castellionis)

The Christmas Story in Latin from the Vulgate is quite familiar to most students and teachers of Latin. This, however, is not the only Latin version of the story from the New Testament, for in 1551 the French humanist, Sébastien Châteillon, published his new translation of the Bible. Contrary to the Latin translation penned by St. Jerome in the 4th century, Châteillon’s version was written in a style much closer to that of Classical Latin. This post gives both texts as well as a recording of the two, for easy comparison of the two versions of the Christmas Story.

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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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#4 – The life and works of Plautus..#4 – Pauca de Plauto: Vita et opera comici

Plautus, ubi adolevit, apud gregem histrionum scaenae ministri munere aliquos annos functus est. Deinde pecuniam quam ibi fecerat augere voluit. Itaque eam in mercaturis collocavit sperans se inde maximum lucrum facturum esse. Adversa autem fortuna usus omnem pecuniam perdidit et ad extremam inopiam recidit…

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