Posts tagged latin audio
....#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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#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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#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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#42 – The story about the shrewd elephant | Latin texts 17..#42 – Fabula de elephanti sagacitate | Litterae Latinae 17

One should never underestimate an elephant and his ire when cheated. This week's recording of short Latin texts is a short story about a shrewd elephant and it's revenge...

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#41 – Suetonius on Julius Caesar | Latin texts 16..#41 – Suetonius de Iulio Caesare | Litterae Latinae 16

Suetonius, most famous as author of a series of biographies of the Roman emperors, has a particulary amusing and engaging style, with an eye for detail, and a remarking ability to paint with words. In this recording you can listen to the Latin text in which Suetonius gives a detail physical description of Julius Caesar. Now that’s compelling Latin input to listen to! ;)

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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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#38 – The crime and fate of Daedalus | Latin texts 13..#38 – Scelus et fatum Daedali | Litterae Latinae 13

Daedalus is most famous for being the first man to develop a viable flight technology—at least in Greek mythology. In this episode I recite this sad story of Daedalus and the fate of his son as they fled from captivity. In this story you’ll learn why he was locked up in the first place. Was he an innocent man?

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#37 – Two letters from Cicero | Latin texts 12..#37 – Duae epistulae Ciceronis | Litterae Latinae 12

It is a great turn of luck that so many of Cicero’s letters have come done to us. Many of these treat the contemporary political events—for which letters are an invaluable source of information. Today, however, you’ll listen not to the political considerations of the statesman Cicero, but to the worried words of Cicero the father, writing to his wife regarding their daughter Tullia’s health.

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#36 – Caesar and the pirates | Latin texts 11 ..#36 – Caesar et piratae | Litterae Latinae 11

Caesar and the pirates. What more could we want? This is often quoted anecdote is, of course, taken from the Roman historian Suetonius who wrote several biographies of the emperors. The story I recite today is taken from his biography of Jullus Caesar. Listen to the audio and find out how things turned out for the pirates.

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#21 – The life and death of Cicero (Lhomond) Part II | Latin texts..#21 – Ciceronis vita et mors (Lhomond) : Pars II

Hodie vobis recitabo alteram partem vitae Ciceronis qualis in libro Urbis Romae viri illustres a Carolo Lhomond scripto narratur. Utinam placeat. Si primam partem non audivistis, eam hic invenietis.

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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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#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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#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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#2 – Six strange stories told about moose..#2 – Sex mirae res quae de alcibus narrantur

Suetia, illa terra in Europa sita quae ad septentriones vergit, magna ex parte silvis vestita est. Has silvas incolunt cum alia tum alces. Hodie narrabo quaedam de his bestiis mira atque interdum prorsus iocosa quae saeculis praeteritis vel Latine vel Suetice memoriae prodita sunt

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#1 – How do you say "Don't worry" in Latin?..#1 – Quo modo Latine “Don't worry” dici potest?

His proximis annis sat multi discipuli et amici me rogaverunt quid dicendum sit, si quis amicus vel etiam si quis ignotus aliqua de causa videatur dubitare vel sollicitus esse. Profecto sunt qui in tali re nihil dicant, sed si bene morati atque benigni erga homines esse volumus, fortasse praestat aliquid dicere. Et sunt aliqui modi quibus animum alterius tranquillum reddamus.

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