Project Overview
Updated. Jul 14, 2001. This recital site was created for (and by) the classics teaching staff at Harvard to help students grasp the vital performative aspect of ancient literature. Selections were chosen because of their inclusion in various Harvard introductory-level language courses, as an aid to pronunciation and meter.

I deeply thank all the professorial 'guinea pigs' below for their cheerful willingness to be poked and prodded with all manner of recording equipment. Though the site will not undergo any major revisions, I will continue to update the page occasionally from my new post at Trinity University. If you have questions or comments, please contact me, Tom Jenkins.

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Gregory Nagy (Harvard and Center for Hellenic Studies)
Gregory Nagy's readings of Homer frolic on their own site.

Kathleen Coleman (Harvard)
Ovid's Amores 1.13

John Donne's Adaptation of Amores 1.13

Propertius 1.21

Propertius 1.22

Statius Silvae 5.4 ("Ode to Sleep")

Kathleen Coleman's English Translation of Statius 5.4


Carolyn Higbie (Buffalo)
A selection from the beginning of Iliad I, in Greek hexameter.

A selection from the middle of Iliad 6.


Wendell Clausen and Kathleen Coleman (Harvard)
Aeneid: Book 1 Intro

Aeneid: Book 1 line 195 forward

Aeneid: Book 1 line 586 forward

Aeneid: Book 4 line 331 forward

Aeneid: Book 6 line 124 forward

Aeneid: Book 6 line 185 forward

Aeneid: Book 6 line 450 forward

Passages from The Aeneid in both Latin and Dryden's elegant English couplets.
Lightly annotated by Tom Jenkins.


Richard Tarrant (Harvard)
Catullus 5 (Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus)

Cicero: First Oration against Catiline in the Senate, 63 B.C (Intro)


Richard Thomas (Harvard)
The End of the Aeneid (the anger of Aeneas, and death of Turnus)

Students in Richard Tarrant's Core Class "The Rome of Augustus" (students now everywhere)
Roman Declamations in the style of Ovid and Seneca.