Nuntii Latini (YLE)

Latest news in Latin from our Finnish friends (this week’s author: Tuomo Pekkanen):

Coniuges Finni ex Iemenia liberati

Coniuges Finni et vir Austriacus, qui mense Decembri in Iemenia vi abducti erant, post captivitatem fere centum quadraginta dierum liberati sunt. Magistratus Finni negant Finniam pretium redemptionis abductoribus solvisse.

Coniuges Leila et Atte Kaleva dicunt se inter abductionem bene tractatos esse. Se cibum bonum et aquam puram accepisse et medicamenta necessaria sibi ministrata esse. Redactor autem actorum Austriacorum “Kurier” rettulit se ab obsidibus audivisse illos interdum catenas habuisse, foris dormivisse et aquam impuram ad bibendum accepisse.

Pessimum fuisse, quod suras sive capitula Corani auscultare cogerentur. De liberatione abductorum, etsi singula nondum sunt nota, imprimis magistratus Omaniani cum abductoribus consultaverant. Omaniani etiam certa pecunia, cuius summa est ignota, illos tres obsides in libertatem redemisse narrantur. Magistratus Finniae civibus suaserunt, ne posthac itinera in Iemeniam temere susciperent.

Alia … Greges locustarum Madagascariam occupaverunt … Finni in Americam ante CCCLXXV annos

Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews

  • 2013.05.29:  Grazia Maria Masselli, Riflessi di magia: virtù e virtuosismi della parola in Roma antica. Studi latini, 81.
  • 2013.05.28:  Éric Rebillard, Christians and Their Many Identities in Late Antiquity, North Africa, 200-450 CE.bmcr2
  • 2013.05.27:  Paolo d’Alessandro, Varrone e la tradizione metrica antica. Spudasmata, Bd. 143.
  • 2013.05.26:  Jean MacIntosh Turfa, Divining the Etruscan World: the Brontoscopic Calendar and Religious Practice.
  • 2013.05.25:  Nikos Giannakopoulos, Θεσμοί και λειτουργία των πόλεων της Εύβοιας: κατά τους ελληνιστικούς και τους αυτοκρατορικούς χρόνους. Πηγές και Μελέτες Ιστορίας Ελληνικού και Ρωμαϊκού Δικαίου, 7.
  • 2013.05.24:  Luc Brisson, Platon. Oeuvres completes (nouvelle édition revue; first published 2008)​
  • 2013.05.23:  Christian Zgoll, Römische Prosodie und Metrik: Ein Studienbuch mit Audiodateien.
  • 2013.05.22:  Norbert Eschbach, Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum. Archäologisches Institut der Universität Göttingen, 4, Attisch rotfigurige Keramik, Deutschland, Bd 92.
  • 2013.05.21:  Evan Hayes, Stephen Nimis, Lucian’s ‘On the Syrian Goddess’: An Intermediate Greek Reader.
  • 2013.05.20:  Richard Evans, A History of Pergamum: Beyond Hellenistic Kingship.
  • 2013.05.19:  Christoph Helmig, Forms and Concepts: Concept Formation in the Platonic Tradition. Commentaria in Aristotelem Graeca et Byzantina, Bd 5.
  • 2013.05.18:  Rhiannon Ash, Tacitus. Oxford readings in classical studies.
  • 2013.05.17:  Timothy A. Joseph, Tacitus the Epic Successor: Virgil, Lucan, and the Narrative of Civil War in the Histories. Mnemosyne Supplements. Monographs on Greek and Latin Language and Literature, 345.
  • 2013.05.16:  Bernd Manuwald, Sophokles. König Ödipus. Griechische Dramen.

From the Mailbag: Telling Tales in Latin

Lorna Robinson sent this along:

The Iris Project delighted to announce the publication of a new Latin course and storybook, Telling Tales in Latin!

Telling Tales in Latin infuses learning Latin with the magic of storytelling. Narrated by the chatty and imaginative Roman poet Ovid, this brand new kind of Latin course takes the reader on a journey through some of the most wonderful tales from the Metamorphoses. Along the way, readers pick up Latin words and grammar and are encouraged to explore the connections between Latin and English, and the ways in which Ovid’s stories still speak to us today. Beautifully illustrated throughout, this Latin course reads like a story book, and as such, will appeal to a wide range of learners. It also contains the necessary vocabulary and grammar needed for the OCR Entry Level Latin qualification, so readers and schools can use this as the only Latin course geared towards this qualification.

Every chapter introduces the reader to a much-loved story from Ovid’s poem, encouraging him/her to start reading Latin which is adapted from the original text straightaway. It leads readers through the story, encouraging connections to be made between English and Latin words, and exploring new aspects of grammar in a playful but clear way. Each chapter ends with suggestions for activities, as well as ways in which the story can be explored from literary and creative perspectives. Emphasis is placed upon thinking about the resonance and universal appeal of mythical stories, and identifying why these stories developed. The book also encourages readers to think about the many ways in which the stories connect to modern ideas and features ranging from scientific advances to climate change and caring for the planet! Alongside all these cross-curricular connections, there is a continual focus on literacy and language.

A free teacher’s guide will be available to download in the summer from the Iris website.

Telling Tales in Latin is written by Iris director Dr Lorna Robinson, with illustrations by Iris illustrator Soham De. Advice on the Latin text is provided by co-ordinator of the Iris Literacy through Latin scheme in Swansea, Dr Evelien Bracke.

ISBN 9780285641792        £10,  illustrated in colour throughout
Also available as an ebook

To order Telling Tales in Latin please send name and address to:
Trade Department, Souvenir Press, 43 Great Russell Street,  London WC1B 3PD.
Please make cheques payable to Souvenir Press Ltd.

For credit or debit card sales call 01235 827702 and use the reference ‘Tales’
For further information call 020 7580 9307 or email: AT

You can now order the new Iris Latin course at