Posts tagged Roman culture
#28 – Gladiatorial combat in ancient Rome | Latin Texts 4..#28 De pugnis gladiatoriis apud Romanos | Litterae Latinae 4

There is, as they say, nothing new under the sun. As the UFC is gaining popularity, and discussions arise regarding its role as entertainment, it can be useful to look to the Romans and their gladiatorial games, which though dramatically different, nevertheless, relate in spirit to the modern equivalents. Listen to the audio of the Latin text 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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#9 – Litterae Latinae | Cur Plinius Spurinnae similis esse velit (Plin. Ep. 3.1)

It is a natural part of life that we grow old. Some people do this well, others, less so. If you want to hear how Spurinna spent his old age, listen to the audio of this letter written by Pliny the Younger. For his name did not protect him from time.;)

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#5 – What strange things did the Romans do in October?..#5 – Quidnam Romani mense Octobri faciebant?

Medio mense octobri autumus sui commonere incipit eos qui Europam incolunt. Et antiquis temporibus Romanis hic erat finis et messis et temporis belli gerendi. Medius mensis Octobris secum ferebat…

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