[PHILOSOPHY] Of the Shortness of Life by Lucius Annaeus Seneca - availle

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WPennock
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Post by WPennock » May 1st, 2022, 1:27 pm

Of the Shortness of Life, by Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 BCE - 65), translated by Aubrey Stewart (1844 - 1918)
Seneca the Younger wrote the moral essay "De Brevitate Vitae" — "On the Shortness of Life" — to his friend Paulinus. The philosopher brings up many Stoic principles on the nature of time, namely that men waste much of it in meaningless pursuits. According to the essay, nature gives man enough time to do what is really important and the individual must allot it properly. (Summary by Wikipedia)
Source text (please read only from this text!): https://www.archive.org/stream/minordialoguesto00seneuoft#page/288/mode/2up

Target completion date: 2022-07-01

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Genres for the project: Classics (Greek & Latin Antiquity); *Non-fiction/Philosophy
Keywords that describe the book: rome, life, Roman, time, virtue, wisdom, stoic, Seneca, stocism, vitae, brevitate, mortality, mortal
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LibriVox recording settings: mono (1 channel), 44100 Hz sample rate, 128 kbps constant bit rate MP3. See the Tech Specs

Intro to recording:
Leave 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning.

For the first section, say:
"Section # of Of the Shortness of Life. This is a LibriVox recording. All LibriVox recordings are in the public domain. For more information or to volunteer, please visit librivox.org." [Optional: "Read by your name."] "Of the Shortness of Life, by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, translated by Aubrey Stewart. Section Title."
For the second and subsequent sections, you may use the shortened intro if you wish:
"Section # of Of the Shortness of Life, by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, translated by Aubrey Stewart. This LibriVox recording is in the public domain." [Optional: "Read by your name."] "Section Title."
End of recording:
Say:
"End of section #." [Optional, and if not stated in the intro: "Read by your name, city, date."]
If you are recording the final section of the book, add:
"End of Of the Shortness of Life, by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, translated by Aubrey Stewart."
Leave 5 seconds of silence at the end.

Filename: shortnessoflife_##_seneca_128kb.mp3 where ## is the section number. (e.g. oftheshortnessoflife_01_seneca_128kb.mp3)

Upload to the LibriVox Uploader: https://librivox.org/login/uploader

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Last edited by WPennock on May 1st, 2022, 5:11 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Post by Availle » May 1st, 2022, 4:28 pm

Just so that you know, we already have a recording of this exact translation in our catalog.
Of course, you can read another version - choice of voice and all :) - but some people don't want to duplicate efforts.


Other than this, well done with the template! :thumbs:
If you choose to go through with this, you may want to think about another summary, as wikipedia entries are not public domain, and we link to them on the catalog pages anyway.
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WPennock
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Post by WPennock » May 1st, 2022, 5:01 pm

Thank you, Availle!

It is actually the original recording that has motivated me. I listened to it and loved it. The original reader put in a good effort over 10 years ago, but the low audio quality was very distracting, and most of the reviews I have seen of that recording include a complaint about the difficulty hearing and understanding the reading, including calls for a re-recording.

Regarding the summary, I used the one from the original recording. I searched for its source online, and it most closely matched the introductory paragraph on the Wikipedia page. I wasn't sure where to find a public domain summary (this is a small part of a much larger public domain book, so no specific preface for this selection), and I figured I could use the same as the original. How would you recommend I proceed?

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Post by Availle » May 1st, 2022, 5:06 pm

Okay, if you want to go through with it, I'll set this up for you.

As for the introduction, well, you'll read the book - I assume you'll have an original thought or two while doing so? ;-)
We don't need the intro rightaway, just remind me by the time we're ready to catalog.

Setting this up now...

Edit: All done, looks good!

Since you're jumping in the deep end with a solo, you are now also responsible to keep the MW up to date. Here's a how-to:
https://wiki.librivox.org/index.php?title=Soloists:_How_to_update_the_Magic_Window

Let me know if you have questions - I'll be around... I signed up as DPL for this, I've wanted to read this for a while now, so here's my incentive.

Have fun with your first solo! :D
Cheers, Ava.
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Post by brownrottger » May 2nd, 2022, 6:55 pm

I would like to DPL, if that is ok.
Christine

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Post by Availle » May 3rd, 2022, 7:30 pm

I'm sorry Christine, I'm doing double duty as MC/DPL for this one.

Next one perhaps?
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Post by brownrottger » May 3rd, 2022, 7:49 pm

Availle wrote:
May 3rd, 2022, 7:30 pm
I'm sorry Christine, I'm doing double duty as MC/DPL for this one.

Next one perhaps?
Sure no problem ever!

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