Welcome to the first post on the Mediaeval Latin Blog! Most of the posts on this page will feature editions and translations of Latin texts from the Middle Ages. This modest inaugural post is to alert readers to the Colosseum’s audio tour guides, which are available (linguas inter alias) in Latin!
There are a few details about the audio guide worth reporting. First, the Latin is very good, and relatively well-adapted to the demands of an audio tour: it tells you where to look, and familiarizes you with the Latin names for the parts of the Colosseum.
Second, it features some inventive neo-Latin. For example, at the end, the voice instructs you to return your vocis machina, “voice machine” (apparently a genetive of characteristic; cf. e.g. Horace’s magni formica laboris; Sat. 1.1.33), to the kiosk. And finally, the accent is a clear and beautiful ecclesiastical one, not the reconstructed classical accent found in most primers of the language.
If you will be visiting the Colosseum any time soon, why not give the Latin tour a try?