Latin texts with macrons
Does vowel quantity matter in Latin?
- distinguish words from one another
- know where words are accentuated
- allow you to read prose and poetry with more ease
Learn correct pronunciation from the start
It's hard to break habits, so make sure to learn the correct vowel quantity and accentuation of words from the start. Much Latin audio online (even from large publishers!) contains many errors of both quantity and of accentuation.
The macrons and the careful pronunciation on Legentibus make sure that you develop good habits regarding Latin pronunciation.
What about ecclesiastical pronunciation?
There is indeed a great difference between ecclesiastical pronunciation, the traditional pronunciation of the Catholic Church, and the so-called Restored Classical Pronunciation, reconstructed by scholars to emulate the pronunciation of the classical Roman period.
In ecclesiastical pronunciation, long vowels of unaccentuated syllables are usually pronounced as short. This is completly fine. But if you want to read poetry and enjoy the rhythmic nature of classical prose, knowing the vowel quantity is essential.
Here is a selection of Latin texts with macrons (on Legentibus)
- Cicero's Orations against Catiline (Orationes In Catilinam)
- Tacitus' Agricola
- Sebastianus Castellio's Neo-Latin translation of the Gospel of Luke
- Pliny's Letters (Epistulae)
- Caesar's Gallic War (De bello Gallico, liber I)
- Seneca's Letters (Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium)
- Sanford and Scott's Fabulae ab urbe conditae
- Ritchie's Fabulae Faciles
- Epitome Historiae Sacrae
- Familia Romana
- And many, many more