Posts tagged Latin texts
#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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#12 – Litterae Latinae | Catilina coniuratos hortatur (Sallustius, Cat. 20)

One of the most striking aspects of Sallust’s writing is his ability to compose speeches that capture the idea and persona of the speaker. I am not alone in my appreciation of his written oratory, as many a humanist student during the 16th century would have to commit to memory entire speeches taken from Sallust’s works. Now, listen to the Latin audio of Sallust’s take on Catiline’s speech where he addresses his co-conspirators in the conspiracy whichCicero famously put an end to.

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