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"It's a genuine pleasure to hear spoken Latin - lots of it, and by many of the great classical authors, including Cicero, Ovid, and Virgil - and to follow the story of Gardini's lifelong infatuation with a language that is nowhere and everywhere in our modern lives.... This is an audiobook to appreciate on many levels, most of all, to hear the sound of Latin again, so familiar and so essential to the ear." (AudioFile Magazine) 

A lively exploration of the joys of a not-so-dead language

From the acclaimed novelist and Oxford professor Nicola Gardini, a personal and passionate look at the Latin language: its history, its authors, its essential role in education, and its enduring impact on modern life - whether we call it “dead” or not.

What use is Latin? It’s a question we’re often asked by those who see the language of Cicero as no more than a cumbersome heap of ruins, something to remove from the curriculum. In this sustained meditation, Gardini gives us his sincere and brilliant reply: Latin is, quite simply, the means of expression that made us - and continues to make us - who we are. In Latin, the rigorous and inventive thinker Lucretius examined the nature of our world; the poet Propertius told of love and emotion in a dizzying variety of registers; Caesar affirmed man’s capacity to shape reality through reason; Virgil composed the Aeneid, without which we’d see all of Western history in a different light. 

In Long Live Latin, Gardini shares his deep love for the language - enriched by his tireless intellectual curiosity - and warmly encourages us to engage with a civilization that has never ceased to exist, because it’s here with us now, whether we know it or not. Thanks to his careful guidance, even without a single lick of Latin grammar listeners can discover how this language is still capable of restoring our sense of identity, with a power that only useless things can miraculously express.

©2019 Nicola Gardini, Todd Portnowitz (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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  • 04-01-21

Pronunciation of Latin is lacking

Narrator’s pronunciation of Latin words and Roman names (Eurydice as yer-uh-dice?) was distracting. Otherwise, nice voice, a bit slow. Best to listen at 1.3x speed. The book itself is great for anyone familiar with Latin lit.

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Superb reading of an important book

This book is a beautiful and much needed apologia for Latin. Latin is the root of our own language and culture. If you want to understand why it is important, and why it is not a dead language (an accusation made by the ignorant), please read this.
The reader is incredibly able to give this book, and the many Latin extracts it contains, the great reading that it deserves. All extracts are translated, btw.

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Almost sensuous experience

Sweet and poetic in best possible way. A dose of love for the language itself and authors who wrote in it.