#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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#34 – Never lose hope in your studies | Latin texts 10

Of all the motivational quotes and texts I have ever read, I thing Ringelbertius puts it best in this passage from his treatise on the best way to study. He truly hits the nail on the head when he emphasises the importance of never ever giving up in our pursuit of a worthy and good goal—in this case the learning of Latin. If you have been struggling with establishing a study habit—or any other for that matter— I suggest you listen to the audio of the Latin text on repeat.

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#33 – Ancient Roman furniture | Latin Texts 9..#33 Supellex domus Romanae | Litterae Latinae 9

I remember the first time I visited Pompeii. We were walking through the streets worn out by the carts that had passed there 2000 years earlier. It was truly a magical feeling to experience so up close the residues of every day Roman life. In the midst of this it started pouring down. Dressed in elegant Hawaii shorts, I took cover. In our disappointment to not be able to continue our walk, we learned of the wallpaintings showing furniture of the time. Marvellous. Now, almost just as good, listen to the audio of a Latin text describing Roman furniture.

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#32 – Sallust on the death of Catiline | Latin texts 8

Sallust is by far my favourite Roman historian. No other is able to combine nostalgia, moral judgement, and an engaging narrative style in such a powerful manner. The passage you’ll listen to now is taken from Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae. In the recording you can listen to the Latin text describing the demise of Catiline, the arch-nemesis of Cicero.

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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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#30 – Cicero's quest for the tomb of Archimedes | Latin texts 6

Marcus “Indy” Cicero goes on the quest to find the lost tomb of Archimedes. When even the natives did not believe his tomb was extant, Cicero, using a verse, sets out to prove them wrong. Unlike Indiana Jones, Cicero does not really get his hands dirty. Did he find it? Listen to the audio of this text taken from Cicero’s writings.

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#29 – The Roman House | Latin texts 5..#29 – Domus Romana | Litterae Latinae 5

If you don’t live close to a Roman villa, this is the next best thing. This passage takes you on a tour of a Roman house, and is written in an accessible Latin style. Listen to the audio and picture the house you are walking through! If you want to hear Latin discussing Roman houses, you can listen to the audio of this Latin text about Roman furniture.

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#28 – Gladiatorial combat in ancient Rome | Latin Texts 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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#25 – Tommaso Vallauri on Q. Curtius Rufus | Latin texts 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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#24 - How can we teach ourselves Latin? (A talk in Latin) – 2/2

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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.

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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.

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#23 - How can we teach ourselves Latin? (A talk in Latin) – 1/2

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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.

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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.

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#20 – The life and death of Cicero : Part I | Latin texts

There are many biographies of Cicero—fewer in Latin, but of these, the short summary of his life composed by Charles Lhomond in the eighteenth century, is a great read for intermediate students, or anyone wanting to practice their Latin while learning about the Roman orator’s life. In this post you can listen to the Latin audio, and follow along in the transcription of the text from Lhomond.

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