Declamation

This year we will use the same passages for both upper and lower declamation levels.  The judging standards will be more rigorous for upper level students.  Lower level refers to middle school, Latin I, and Latin II students; upper level refers to Latin III and above.

Prose:

Tacitus Agricola I.30

sed nūlla iam ultrā gēns, nihil nisi fluctūs ac saxa, et infestiōrēs Rōmānī, quōrum superbiam frūstrā per obsequium ac modestiam effūgiās. Raptōrēs orbis, postquam cuncta vastantibus dēfuēre terrae, mare scrūtantur: sī locuplēs hostis est, avārī, sī pauper, ambitiōsī, quōs nōn Oriēns, nōn Occidēns satiāverit: sōlī omnium opēs atque inopiam parī adfectū concupīscunt. Auferre trucīdāre rapere falsīs nōminibus imperium, atque ubī sōlitūdinem faciunt, pācem appellant.

Poetry:

Vergil Aeneid I.272-283:

Hīc iam ter centum tōtōs regnābitur annōs

gente sub Hectoreā, dōnec rēgīna sacerdos,

Marte gravis, geminam partū dabit Īlia prōlem.

Inde lupae fulvō nūtrīcis tegmine laetus 275

Rōmulus excipiet gentem, et Māvortia condet

moenia, Rōmānōsque suō dē nōmine dīcet.

Hīs ego nec mētās rērum nec tempora pōnō;

imperium sine fīne dedī. Quīn aspera Iūnō,

quae mare nunc terrāsque metū caelumque fatīgat, 280

cōnsilia in melius referet, mēcumque fovēbit

Rōmānōs rērum dominōs gentemque togātam:

sīc placitum.

 

 

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