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Academic Program: ORALi-Tea 2010

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The Fifth Annual ORALi-Tea was held on April 15th at Haverford College

We are delighted to report that the fifth annual Bi-College ORALi-Tea, an evening for the Oral Reading of Ancient Literature and (also oral) consumption of dessert, was as a raging success.

Gest 101 was again fulled to capacity, as students and faculty enjoyed a selection of works performed in their original languages. In a program heavy with Homeric Hymns and Plautus' Pseudolus, there was singing, tasty desserts, and of course great literature and performances.



Bryn Mawr Students

Selections from the Homeric Hymns

Clare Amari, Maddy Court, Luce Echegarri, Annalee Garrity, Anna Merriman, Minerva Pinto, Hannah Slavitt, Emily Strong, Radcliffe Edmonds

Selections from Aeschylus, Sophocles, John 1

Matthew Forster, Florencia Foxley, Benjamin Walker

Selections from Euripides, Medea

Emily Bergbower, Rachel Carter, Lara Pollack, Mark Cavanagh, Deborah Roberts

Selections from Plautus, Pseudolus

Stefani Wallace; Jacob Horn and Robert Germany; Gabrielle Goodman, Hannah Silverblank, and Juliet Woods;Sarah Harrison; Kersti Francis, Elizabeth Olecki, and Jen Rajchel; Amelia Eichengreen, Annalee Garrity, and Frances Glick; Benjamin Walter; Meghan Ryan; Rachel Faulks, Stephanie Martin, and Hannah Roos.

Catullus 46

Rachel Carter

Horace 1.13

Allyson Bunch

Ovid, Ars Amatoria III.99-136

Bret Mulligan
Singing of “Gaudeamus Igitur”  

For more about the performance of ancient literature....

Digital Resources & Bibliography

Through the following links and bibliography, you can listen to a number of performance styles or learn more about how modern scholars have reconstructed the pronunciation and oral style of Greek and Latin.

General Links

S.A.L.V.I.: North American Institute For Living Latin Studies

SORGLL: Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature

Audio Links

Performing Cicero (UCLA): records a series of experiments in the performance of a Ciceronian speech. The goal was less to recreate an 'authentic' performance than to identify some parameters of Roman oratory by considering the demands on voice, gesture, dress, and bearing that delivery under ancient conditions imposed.

Recitations of Homer, Catullus, Virgil, Propertius, & Ovid: [Harvard]

Recitations of Homer, Pindar, Plato, Horace, Virgil, Propertius, Ovid, Seneca, & Tacitus: [Princeton]

Viva Voce: Recitations of Catullus, Horace, Vergil, Ovid, Juvenal, Martial, and Hadrian by Vojin Nedeljkovic

Iliad, Book 1 read by Stanley Lombardo

Aeneid, Book 4 read by Wilfred Stroh

Homer, Aeschylus, & Plato read by Stefan Hagel

Latin on the SORGLL website (Terence, Catullus, Cicero, Horace, Vergil, Seneca, Martial)

Greek on the SORGLL website (Homer, Archilochus, Alcman, Sappho, Pindar, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Demosthenes)

Hear the News in Latin

Select Bibliography

Allen, W.S. Accent and Rhythm. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1973.

--------------. Vox Latina, 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1978.

--------------. Vox Graeca, 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.

Daitz, Stephen. “On Reading Homer Aloud: To Pause or Not to Pause.” AJP 1991: 149-60.

--------------. “Further Notes on the Pronunciation of Ancient Greek.” CW 2001-2002: 411-412.

Dillon, Matthew. “The Erasmian Pronunciation of Ancient Greek: A New Perspective.” CW 2000-2001: 323-334.

Fisher, M. M. The Three Pronunciations of Latin: The Claims of Each Presented, and Special Reasons Given for the Use of the English Mode. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1885.

Greenberg, Nathan A. “Word Juncture in Latin Prose and Poetry.” TAPhA 1991: 297-333.

Shumaker, Wayne. “Final Vowel Plus –M: A Note on the Reading of Quantitative Latin Verse.” CP 1970: 185-7.

Stanford, W.B. The Sound of Greek. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967.

Sturtevant, E.H. The Pronunciation of Greek and Latin, 2nd ed. Westport: Greenwood Press, 1977.

Ward, Ralph L. “Evidence for the Pronunciation of Latin,” CW 1962: 161-4; 273-5.

Westaway, F. W. Quantity and Accent in the Pronunciation of Latin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1913.

Additional bibliography...