We will never know for sure how lines and verses of Latin would have sounded in the authors’ own time. How would Horace have pronounced his r? Would Cicero have boomed and bellowed with a Brian Blessed-sized voice? There is of course, no way of finding out, but we can build upon centuries of classical scholarship and make a very well educated guess.
Recorded under the careful ear of Ben Harris, the expert behind Collins Latin Language and Roman Culture, these excerpts are true to what we know about how classical Latin would have sounded. Listening to them regularly will help to improve your pronunciation and give you a feel for the rhythm and cadences of classical Latin literature. Each recording features as an excerpt in the Latin Literature section of Collins Latin Language and Roman Culture.
Download them to your mp3 player by clicking here and take them with you wherever you go. Have a shower with Caesar, or a lie in with Livy. Grab a coffee with Catullus, and party with Pliny: these recordings will help bring Roman literature to life!