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De castris Romanis – easy Latin text for beginners

In this video, I tried to improve my Latin pronunciation by including nasalisation of the final ‘m’ in words, elision and focusing more on the length of the vowels. It is very difficult for me, what you can probably see in the video. I want to keep on practising this text to make it sound more natural but I publish it mainly for your feedback. I work quite long on this text and it still my reading doesn’t satisfy me.

I use classic restored Latin pronunciation. The text is very basic, so it is useful for beginners in the language.

The book: O. Jurewicz, L. Winniczuk, J. Żuławska, Język łaciński. Podręcznik dla lektoratów szkół wyższych, PWN, Warszawa 2011; text: Rarus fortuna sua contentus, page 52.

Dē castrīs Rōmānīs

Ā Rōmānīs castra pōnēbantur. Prīmum ā tribūnō locus capiēbātur, ubi aqua et cibus facĭle invenīrī potĕrat. Deinde quadrātum spatium signābātur et mūniēbātur. Circum castrā fossa fodiēbātur et vāllum struēbātur. In mediīs castrīs multa tabernācŭla pōnēbantur.

Impedīmenta et spolia in spatiō inter vāllō et tabernācŭla cumulābuntur. In castrīs mūnītīs cūstōdiae per vallum dispōnentur. Sī Poenī vāllō appropinquābunt, statim ā cūstōdiīs cernentur. Signum tubā extemplō dabĭtur.

Tum tribūnus verba facit: “Audīte! Castra extemplō movēbuntur et tēla ā vōbīs parābuntur. Sī fortĭter pugnābitīs, Poenī dēpellentur et vincentur. Glōriam magnam patriae vestrae parābĭtis! Tum praemia vōbīs dabuntur!”

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Ioannes Oculus

Passionate book lover addicted to fantasy, interested in astronomy, family history, technology, social media and foreign languages. Currently working in IT company.

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