Posts tagged intermediate
....#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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#43 – Demosthenes and the donkey's shadow | Latin texts 18..#43 – Demosthenes et asini umbra | Litterae Latinae 18

Greek literature is a rich treasure trove of interesting and amusing anecdotes that posterity has often used to illustrate a particular point in an elegant and entertaining manner. Listen to this Latin audio passage in which Demosthenes tells the tale of the donkey's shadow to make an important point.

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#40 – The story about the wood-cutter and the golden axe | Latin texts 15..#40 – Fabula de lignatore et securi aurea | Litterae Latinae 15

There is something quite amusing with this kind of short pithy stories with a strong moral point to make. Listen to the audio of this Latin text about an honest wood cutter, and his axe. Does his honesty pay off? Listen and find out!

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#39 – Aurelius Commodus | Latin texts 14..#39 – Aurelius Commodus | Litterae Latinae 14

Aurelius Commodus is probably, at least these days, most known from the motion picture Gladiator, where he his played by Joaquin Phoenix. The fascination with this particular emperor goes back to the Roman historians. In this episode you can listen to a brief summary of Commodus’ life as it is given in the Epitome de Caesaribus.

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#31 – The story of Aeneas | Latin texts 7..#31 – Fabula de Aenea | Litterae Latinae 7

Aeneas, the famous Trojan, that took the long way around to get to his promised land of Italy. On the way he broke the heart of Queen Dido—inadvertently, according to legend, giving rise to Hannibal, the Carthaginian avenger, that would almost conquer Rome many centuries later. Listen to the audio of this intermediate level Latin story of Aeneas life. Enjoy!

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#25 – Tommaso Vallauri on Q. Curtius Rufus | Latin texts 1..#25 – Thomas Vallaurius de Q. Curtio Rufo | Litterae Latinae 1

Down through the centuries, many authors have penned histories of Roman literature in Latin. Whereas most of these works are often quite lengthy, the Historia critica litterarum Latinarum, book from which this text is taken is uncommon in its brevity. Written by Thomas Vallaurius, the passage treats the Roman historian Q. Curtius Rufus who wrote a compelling history of Alexander the Great’s deeds. While you listen to the audio you can follow along in the transcription.

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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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#8 – The life and works of Terence..#8 – Pauca de Terentio: Vita atque opera

Haud ita pridem, in sermone quarto vitam atque opera Plauti comici summatim exposui: cum non modo Plauti verum etiam Terentii fabulas his diebus in manibus habeam, aequum est de eo quoque verba facere ne videar Terentium miserum posthabere. Audietis quid Terentius dicatur secum e Graecia tulisse antequam mortuus sit, quid Caesar et Cicero de Terentio iudicaverint et num comoedias suas reapse fecerit Terentius et multa alia.

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