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CEBETIS TABVLA

Cebes of Thebes (c. 430 – 350 BCE) was an Ancient Greek philosopher from Thebes remembered as a disciple of Socrates. One work, known as the Tabula (gr. Πίναξ) still survives, but it is believed to be a composition by a pseudonymous author of the 1st or 2nd century CE.
The Tablet of Cebes professes to be an interpretation of an allegorical picture of a tablet on which the whole of human life with its dangers and temptations was symbolically represented, and which is said to have been dedicated by someone in the temple of Cronus at Athens or Thebes. 
We provide you the opportunity to listen the audio-book edition of  the "Cebetis Tabula" read by Gonzalo Jerez, with the historical pronunciation, as it was read by the Greek Scholars during the Byzantine period.
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THE PROBLEM ABOUT LATIN

The problem about Latin is that you can study it for six years and still not be able to read a Latin sentence.

If you study French, you get pretty quickly to a point where you process a French sentence in much the same way you process an English one: "J'ai lu tous les livres" comes across to you as "I've read all the books" and you don't think much about it.

In Latin, you can still be looking at a sentence six years later and doing what I call a "crossword puzzle" reading of it. You find a masculine noun in the ablative singular, then you go hunting around the sentence for an adjective to go with the noun, and if you find one you set those two words aside mentally and go back and look at the verbs.

In short, you're trying to read the sentence somewhat as one assembles a model airplane from a kit: looking at the directions and fitting the parts together and hoping it all makes sense.

(Extracted from Latin by the Dowling Method)