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Catullus 101 - "Frater, Ave atque Vale"

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Uploaded on Jul 9, 2010

A semi-dramatic (conversational) reading of Catullus' ode to his dead brother. Text (w/ translation) below:

1 Multās per gentēs et multa per aequora vectus Carried through many nations and many seas,
2 adveniō hās miserās, frāter, ad īnferiās, I arrive, Brother, at these miserable funeral rites,
3 ut tē pstrēmō dōnārem mūnere mortis So that I might bestow you with the final gift of death
4 et mūtam nēquīquam alloquerer cinerem. And might speak in vain to the silent ash.
5 quandoquidem fortūna mihī tētē abstulit ipsum. Since Fortune has stolen you yourself from me,
6 heu miser indignē frāter adēmpte mihi, Alas, wretched brother stolen undeservedly from me,
7 nunc tamen intereā haec, prīscō quae mōre parentum Meanwhile, however, receive now these flowing with much
8 trādita sunt trīstī mūnere ad īnferiās, Brotherly weeping, these which in the ancient custom
9 accipe frāternō multum mānantia flētū,
Of our parents were handed down as a sad gift for funeral rites,
10 atque in perpetuum, frāter, avē atque valē. And forever, Brother, hail and farewell.

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