Ars Horrendi, or, the Art of Shuddering is this year’s Halloween special in Latin. It is our adaption of an old German fairy tale written down by the brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm about fear and about a boy who didn’t know how to shudder.Read More
Petronius, Neronis arbiter elegantiae. Audietis quis fuerit, quemadmodum sibi mortem inter epulas consciverit, cur purissimae impuritatis auctor vocatus sit.Read More
Monstra non modo in tenebris sed etiam sub undis olim latuerunt. Hoc spectaculo aliqua monstra qualia in scriptis tum medii aevi tum saeculi sexti decimi describuntur tractantur.Read More
Fabulae Latinae: Duas fabulas de larvis, monstris, aliis timendis quae iam diu Stocholmiae noctu vagantur vobis hodie narrabo.
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.Read More
Haud scio an nemo sit quin de Atlantide, insula illa fabulosa audierit. Pauciores vero audierunt de situ eius insulae quem vir doctus Suetus olim invenit, vel sibi visus est invenisse. Haec et alia hoc sermone tractantur.Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
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! ;)Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
De Ennio poeta perpauca comperta habemus. Paucis reliquiis exceptis omnia quae scripsit interciderunt. Sed ne ideo falso credamus Ennium fuisse poetastrum qui scriberet carmina non legenda et prorsus indigna quae traderentur. Nam hicRead More
Latinitium's Daniel Pettersson gave a talk in Latin about how you can teach yourself the Latin language at the GrecoLatinoVivo conference in Florence. This is the second half.
Em vobis alteram partem orationis quam Florentiae in conventu GrecoLatinoVivo (quem Giampiero Marchi curavit) in theatro Niccolini mense Martio huius anni magno cum gaudio habui.
Here is the first half of the talk Daniel Pettersson gave about teaching yourself Latin at the March 2017 GrecoLatinoVivo conference in Florence. This is the first half.
Vobis tandem aliquando apporto orationem quam Florentiae in conventu GrecoLatinoVivo (quem Giampiero Marchi curavit) in theatro Niccolini mense Martio huius anni magno cum gaudio habui. Haec est prima pars orationis.
Of the many anecdotes from Greek history, this one is among the most amusing ones. The poet Philoxenus learns the hard way the price honesty can have in the presence of tyrants. But, given a second chance, does he change his ways, or remain true to himself? Listen to the Latin audio and find out!Read More
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.;)Read More