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The Horatii, A Short Film

The following links are to a short film created by one of our sixth grade students at Grace Academy.  The story, told entirely in Latin, recounts the thrilling story of the Horatii vs. the Curiatii.  The lego animation accompanied by the dramatic Latin reading makes for a wonderful short film.

Spoiler Alert: The synopses below will reveal key events and the story’s ending.

Horatii, The Movie

 

Click here to watch video: Horatii_video1

The Romans and the Albans were at war for some time when the suggestion was made that representatives from each tribe should fight on behalf of their people, thus deciding victory and limiting bloodshed.  According to Roman legend there happened to be two sets of triplet brothers both distinguished in courage and valor.  These fought for honor and for country; the Horatii for Rome, the Curiatii for Alba Longa.  The battle did not start off well for the Horatii.  Two of the brothers were killed by the Curiatii.  The odds were now stacked 3 against 1.

 

Horatii, The Sequel

Click here to watch video: Horatii_video2

The last of the Horatii is now faced with the loss of his two brothers and a battle with 3 Curiatii who probably think this gig is in the bag.  Fortunately, this is a clever Horatius.  He starts off running, faking his retreat.  The Curiatii, exulting in near victory, start sprinting after him and lose formation.  As the first of the Curiatii brothers reaches Horatius3, Horatius turns and delivers a death blow.  The next two brothers suffer the same fate each in their turn.

 

The impetus for this creative video was a dramatic interpretation assignment.  Each year at Grace Academy we give students a Latin passage based on an oration or story from ancient Rome.  The students first translate this story, then they memorize the passage, and then they must perform the passage with dramatic flare.  Much attention is given to understanding what they are saying and how they are saying/performing the passage.  This video, which was not assigned, flows from a young creative mind who clearly loves learning Latin!

 

 

 

 

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