The Trojan priest Laocoon pays the price for warning his fellow-citizens against bringing the Trojan horse into the city, as monstrous serpents crush first his two sons then Laocoon himself in their coils. Not only can you follow the Latin here, you can now also hear the poets Friedrich Schiller’s fine German version in our “Other Poems” section here.

A royal hunt follows a gorgeous levee: a great storm rocks all of nature which is matched by the storm of passion between Dido and Aeneas, sheltering in their cave. Hear one of Virgil’s greatest set-pieces in Latin and follow it in English here.