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Eclogae

Eclogae by Publius Vergilius Maro
By: (70-19 BC)

This book of poems, written between 42 en 39 BC, was a bestseller in ancient Rome, and still holds a fascination today. Held to be divinely inspired not only by the Romans themselves, but by the Medieval Catholic church, The Eclogues is one of the most beloved collections of Latin short poetry.
This recording is done in the original Latin, in the form of a dramatic reading: in each eclogue, every character is read by a different reader. Two eclogues are included twice – giving you a choice of reader.

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PUBLI VERGILI MARONIS

ECLOGA

I. MELIBOEUS, TITYRUS

M. TITYRE, tu patulae recubans sub tegmine fagi silvestrem tenui Musam meditaris avena; nos patriae fines et dulcia linquimus arva: nos patriam fugimus; tu, Tityre, lentus in umbra formosam resonare doces Amaryllida silvas.

T. O Meliboee, deus nobis haec otia fecit: namque erit ille mihi semper deus; illius aram saepe tener nostris ab ovilibus imbuet agnus. Ille meas errare boves, ut cernis, et ipsum ludere, quae vellem, calamo permisit agresti

M. Non equidem invideo; miror magis: undique totis usque adeo turbatur agris. En, ipse capellas protinus aeger ago; hanc etiam vix, Tityre, duco: hic inter densas corylos modo namque gemellos, spem gregis, ah, silice in nuda conixa reliquit. Saepe malum hoc nobis, si mens non laeva fuisset, de caelo tactas memini praedicere quercus: [saepe sinistra cava praedixit ab ilice cornix.] Sed tamen, iste deus qui sit, da, Tityre, nobis.

T. Urbem, quam dicunt Romam, Meliboee, putavi stultus ego huic nostrae similem, quo saepe solemus pastores ovium teneros depellere fetus: sic canibus catulos similis, sic matribus haedos noram, sic parvis componere magna solebam: verum haec tantum alias inter caput extulit urbes, quantum lenta solent inter viburna cupressi... Continue reading book >>


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