The Latin Poets

The untranslatable quality of Latin poetry is at once its charm and its limitation. But some poetry is of a magnitude which transcends the limitation of language ... its reality is so great it cannot be lost in transition. A.K. Clarke 1942

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Welcome to Pantheon Poets a pathway to Latin poetry – and you don’t need to know Latin

I hope you enjoy Pantheon Poets. In Britain, only a small proportion of people born since 1960 know any Latin. But, for many, many European authors who have written between the dark ages and the middle of the twentieth century, education meant the classics, and they were often influenced as much or more by Latin poets like Virgil, Horace and Catullus as by writers in their own languages.

If you are interested in English and other modern European literature, Pantheon Poets tries to offer you a more authentic glimpse into this long and influential Latin tradition than just reading modern translations can provide. Pantheon Poets is of course also aimed at anybody who already knows Latin, has an enthusiasm for its poetry and might enjoy it in this format. New poems and poets will be added from time to time.

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The Latin Poets

A selection of poets to know and love

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Catullus tells Lesbia that they should live and love.

Did you miss Catullus’s great poem about kisses? Hear it in Latin with a translation here.

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