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Latin Translation / 24.11.2011

Introduction. The following three extracts on the subject of "riot and rebellion" are translations of texts taken from the "Cambridge Latin Anthology", Cambridge School Classics Project, Cambridge University Press, 1996. The first two come from the historian Tacitus, and the third from the "Acts of the Apostles" in the "Vulgate" edition of the New Testament. The riot at Pompeii (from Tacitus: "Annales", Book XIV, Chapter 17). In 59 A.D. a gladiatorial show in the amphitheatre at Pompeii was being watched by citizens of both Pompeii and neighbouring...

Latin Translation / 23.11.2011

Introduction. The passages below are taken from abridged texts of three Latin authors published in the "Cambridge Latin Authority", Cambridge School Classics Project, Cambridge University Press, 1996. From Caesar: Julius Caesar encountered the Druids during his conquest of Gaul from 58 to 49 B.C. They were priests recruited mainly from the nobility, and they were the only men powerful enough to organise opposition to Roman rule throughout the Celtic tribes. The Power of the Druids (from "De Bello Gallico": Book VI, Chapter 13): The Druids are concerned with divine matters, they perform...

Ancient Greek, Greek Texts / 23.11.2011

Introduction. Chapter 17, verses 16-34. St. Paul in Athens. The "Acts of the Apostles" forms the second part of the literary work begun by the "Gospel of St. Luke". It describes the rapid spread of Christianity through the Mediterranean world, a process facilitated by the wide currency of Greek (now in "koine" or "common" form, having lost its earlier dialects.) "Acts" is our main source for the earliest history of the Church. In Chapter 17 Paul has just arrived in Athens after his missionary journey through Greece. The date is...