Posts tagged short text
#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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#22 – What price did Philoxenus pay for his outspokenness? | Latin texts..#22 – Libertas Philoxeni | Litterae Latinae

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!

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