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Goddesses, Myths & Mortals

DVD film with three short films of characters speaking Latin (subtitle options)

The LATIN QVARTER   ISBN: 978-0952807193

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The Consolation of Philosophy

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Boethius wrote his Consolation of Philosophy in the prison where he died in the early 6th century AD. He imagines the muses Philosophy and Fortune visiting him in the prison where he is killed shortly after, each muse bringing her own special comfort and advice.

This film adopts conjectural pronunciation for Italian Latin of the 6th century AD:

'ae' as 'e' in wet; 'c' and 'g' soften before 'i' or 'e' (hard in classical Latin); consonantal 'i' pronounced as a 'j'; and an initial 'v' similar to English 'v'; but like our 'w' in the middle of a word. For a summary of classical pronunciation, go here.

Dido and Aeneas

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Dido has heard rumours of Aeneas' departure, and now pleads with him to stay.

The lines are edited from Virgil's poem the Aeneid. The dialogue keeps his poetic meter, the hexameter.

For a summary of classical pronunciation, go here.

For an introduction to the meters of classical verse, go here.

 

The Choice of Paris

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Which would you rather be? Important, attractive or wise?

Paris is given the task of choosing the fairest goddess from Juno, Minerva and Venus. His decision will anger the losers and spark the Trojan War, the earliest recorded conflict between east and west.

For a summary of classical pronunciation, go here.

 

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