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Get Started in Latin
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For each unit there are two readings from the medieval story of Augustinus, followed by an introduction to a classical author with brief selections of his work. If you want to hear a complete read-through of the story or access individual episodes, go to track 14.
Some might ask why have an audio for Latin at all. No one speaks it now, at least not to buy their daily bread or ask the way. All we have left are what was written in books or on inscriptions, and a few fragments in academia, law and the natural sciences, and in mottos and tatoos, and one or two other phrases now embedded in our own language.
The reason is that the sound of Latin is at the heart of the language. Two thousand years ago the classical Latin of Cicero, Horace, Ovid, Virgil and others was written to be heard. ‘Reading’ for their contemporaries usually meant listening to someone read aloud. The speeches, poems and histories of classical literature were recorded in writing and so survive on the page. In their time they were essentially transcripts of live performances.
Latin beginners have remarked how much it helped them to hear the Latin first (first time without the text) before they turned to the Latin on the page, which they translated and read aloud themselves more readily having heard it read to them.
So the audio is for listening, to help with comprehension, to provide a pronunciation model, to enhance enjoyment of the texts, and to recreate a vocal dimension which was once at the heart of the ancient language.