Category Archives: Latin

Consolatio Philosophiae

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So you’re in jail. The authorities want your life as payment for your crime. What do you do? Personally, I might pretend to read for a bit while freaking out on the inside. Boethius? Dude writes a philosophical treatise with a mention of a game show metaphor for life: the Wheel of Fortune.

No need to sweat just the translation. We’ve got the whole glorious Latin text AND English translation in one convenient volume over at Amazon. Open Source Classics keeps it dirt cheap as usual. A very generous preview (50% I think, and cheap for full access) of an e-book is at Scribd (NOTE: not yet, I’m working on it still). I’m not going the Kindle route just yet because of the parallel text.

Vtopia

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Utopia, Vtopia. Let’s not call the whole thing off. The first volume of the Open Source Classics series is St. Sir Thomas More’s Utopia. (St. Sir! How many other people get to say that?) It’s first because I love Utopia.

What’s not to love? Attacking King Henry VIII was so politically dangerous that More had to write in Latin and publish on the continent. So More went and did it. Then there’s the over the top description of what the Utopians do.

If you’re looking for the original Latin of More’s Utopia and an English translation, this is for you. Just head on over to Amazon for a copy. A very generous preview (50% I think, and cheap for full access) of an e-book is at Scribd. I’m not going the Kindle route just yet because of the parallel text.