The Latin Poetry Podcast is a series of short Latin passages, discussed, translated, and read aloud by Christopher Francese, Professor of Classical Studies at Dickinson College. The introductory music is the opening of Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 121, third movement (allegro vivace), by Tomas Svoboda performed by the composer. The out music is from the same movement.

I am always looking for feedback and suggestions, so if you have an idea for a poem or passage, a pet peeve about pronunciation, a query about reading or metrics or anything else, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Thanks for listening,

Chris Francese


  • Thanks so much for continuing such a great podcast! I’m a Latin teacher and was wondering if I might share the occasional podcast episode to begin my 45 minute class sessions from time to time, just to mix it up and give the kids someone else’s voice from time to time!

  • I would be delighted. Let me know if there are any poems or passages they would like to hear, and let me know where you teach so I can give them a shout out.

  • For our 8th graders, I have them memorize Horace’s Carmen 4.7, diffugere nives. I’d love to let them hear you read and comment on it if possible. Thanks so much!

  • I’ve been following your site for 3 days now and I should tell you I get something new from your article. and now how do I subscribe to your blog?

  •   Felicity Evans
    October 11th, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Hi there,

    I’m a journalism student from Australia, who also learnt Latin in high school (read at poetry competitions too) and I have desperately been trying to find someone who still reads it. Your site is perfect and I was wondering if I could contact you about your work, podcasts etc.?

    Please let me know and thanks!

  • Great post

  • Hi Chris: I have been teaching myself Latin over the last 8 years and I really enjoy your podcasts! I hope we’ll be getting some new updates soon!

  •   Katie "Severa"
    November 10th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Salve! As a latin student, I adore your podcasts. You are entertaining to listen to and your explanations of the poems greatly help me.

  • Fantastic podcast.

  • I love your podcasts. I wondered if you might give me your opinion of two elegiac couplets I wrote: http://theoxeny.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/on-the-deaths-of-christ-and-socrates/

  • I actually studied Latin in college, believe it or not. I always found it beautiful, personally. Thanks for the heads up on this. I’m going to check out the podcast.

  • I actually studied Latin in college, back in the day. I’m going to see if I can track down the podcast. Sounds great.

  •   Robert Berger
    May 12th, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I am a new ( emergency replacement) Latin teachter teaching seminarians Church Latin using the Collins book Eccl Latin

    Can you direct me to any poetry audio and related materials that would suit Collins ?

    Bob Berger

  • Hi.
    Thanks for a great podcast. Though, for some reason the last one to show up in itunes is the ”Claudian on mules”. Just by visiting this website was I able to find out about the newer ones.

  • Thank you so much for this note, Rikard. The issue is a technical one that I do not quite understand. As soon as the folks at the Dickinson Media Center get it figured out we can start posting to iTunes again.

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