Dear students of the Greek language, my name is Symeon Megalos and I am the creator of the project «Patrologos». The main activity of our project is the development of Subtitled Greek Audiobooks.
It is well known -and obvious- that Audiobooks are an important learning tool for practicing and improving the listening comprehension of the students. We firmly believe that the faster way for students to start speaking in a new language they are learning, is to listen to it, a lot. But there is a secret: They must always comprehend what they listen to. In this way, their mind keeps «recording» and acquiring new words and phrases, both written and verbal, and when a threshold amount of linguistic data is built up in their mind, then they start speaking by «replaying» these recordings in the right context.
In project Patrologos, we do not just create the classic Audiobooks. Along with the recordings of the selected books or texts, we also create their parallel aligned translations, at the phrase level, into English and Spanish. The purpose of this extra effort is to increase the comprehension of the students of what they read and hear in the Greek language. In fact, our recommendation to those who use our subtitled Greek audiobooks is to listen to the audiovisual paragraphs repeatedly and to interrupt the narration from time to time, in order to permit themselves time to study the parallel translations of the words and phrases, for the purpose of comprehending what they hear and read. They will find that, in a short time while using out material, they will begin to encounter the same words and phrases over and over again, and only then will they be convinced of the subconscious way in which this method of comprehensible input works in their minds. In other words, they will find that the various previously unknown to them words and phrases, they only have to look them up a couple of times in the parallel translation. After a few times they are able to remember their meaning in context, which means that they do not only aquire the meaning of the language elements but also the way to use them in the right context!
Of course, the students of a second language, should not limit their efforts in understanding the grammatical of syntactical structures of that language and acquiring vocabulary. Every human language is the most important product of an entire culture and so the students of a foreign language should also necessarily aquire knowledge of the culture that created the language they are interested in learning. And if this general truth applies to every human language, how much more should it apply to the Greek language and the ancient Greek culture that created and evolved it! Consequently, only the right selection of texts to be recorded in the context of our project, can serve this purpose, that is, the familiarization of the student with the cultural heritage of Greece, a country with a literary history of four thousand years which offers a huge variety of remarkable texts for studying. Texts can be used from the Homeric epics and the ancient Greek tragedies all the way to the divine works of the Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church of the Byzantine Empire!
During the time since 2020 when we started our project activities, we have already produced several Subtitled Greek Audiobooks. Consequently, a student of the Greek language will find enough material within our website in order to begin studying. But our effort will not stop. We will continue selecting remarkable texts from the treasures of Greek literature and turning them into educational material for Greek language learning. The funding that we will soon start receiving from the subscriptions on this present website as well as from the sales of our Subtitled Greek Audiobooks in the format of Web Apps in the online Android markets, will surely help us a lot in achieving our development goals.
Finally, we invite you to contact us, both to share your impressions and questions about our educational material, and also to share with us your ideas for various improvements on our comprehensible reading method. Thank you for helping us grow. The Greek language, the language of Homer, of Ancient Greek Tragedy and, most importantly, the language of the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ, deserves every glory, honor and effort for every human being to acquire it!
Greek Audiobooks with interlinear English subtitles. An excellent practice for the listening and reading comprehension of the Greek language learners.
God had said to the first married couple,
when he had blessed and holified their bond and their union:
«expand and multiply and fill the earth».
And these words by God, these words and command of the almighty God,
Who holds in His hands the whole creation,
have not lost their power, even though Adam and Eve
disobeyed God's command
and were expelled from Paradise.
The difference is that now Eve is being condemned
to bring forth her children with sorrows and with pains.
Once however the earth was designated
by the almighty Ruler of the creation
to be of man's the dwelling and heritage,
Adam and Eve would not remain childless,
neither would they be sentenced to live alone, without a heir,
who would take care of them at their old age
and would recuperate with reverence their remains, when they would die,
without a heir, to spend the remaining bitter
and miserable days of their lives.
Therefore, they would have many children. And they had children.
Cain and Abel were the first children, which Eva gave birth to,
older than the others, which she had later.
Cain was the first. And Abel was second.
What emotion Eve must have experienced,
when she heard the first voices,
that directly after he fell from the womb of his mother
Cain cried out!
All the pains that she experienced
during her childbirth our poor foremother, she immediately forgot,
when she saw that beloved baby of hers,
that was giving to her at that moment the blessing of God,
which holified and made fertile
her marriage with Adam.
Eve feels it at that time.
She admits it with all her soul and her heart,
that God gave her that child,
which with so many sorrows she gave birth to,
and also with many hopes she now sweetly hugs in her bosom.
And she declares it with gratitude.
And she speaks it out loud: «I have acquired a man,
a son similar to me and to his father, from God,
with the power and the blessing of God».
Hear it, parents! The children, that you have, they are not yours.
Someone else gives them to you, God.
He is the one who gives life in your bodies
and rises up from your bloods
the sons and the daughters, about which you are proud
and for which, you are happy.
He gives them to you and to Him they belong
and His creation they are, which was trusted to you.
Do not therefore fall in the excitement,
nor when you have them in the full of affection armful of yours,
neither when death comes
to separate you from them cruelly.
Always remember that they are not yours.
They are of course yours as well, because you have given them birth,
but first of all they belong to God,
with the blessing of Whom you have acquired them.
He wanted at that time and He gave them to you.
He wants now and takes them back from you.
Surrender without any complaint
and without any disputation to His will.
What is it that He wants, that is not benevolent,
useful, righteous and holy for everyone?
But all of you also, who are married,
and you have not been happy to become fathers and mothers;
all of you who have not acquired children from your marriage,
pay attention to these words of Eve.
The fact that you do not have children, is not due to some misfortune of yours.
It is the will of God.
And you might think, that you would be happy,
if you would have had children and if you would see your own descendants as well.
Delusion! And a great delusion indeed!
The happiness and the safety of the man
is not in that, that he wants for himself
but it is in that, which God, the benevolent God,
the most benevolent God wants, and decides for him.
Yes, my brother.
Ourselves, blinded many times from our ungovernable emotions,
we seek and we desire, without not even understanding it,
our unhappiness, and our disaster.
However, our benevolent and most wise Father,
who is in the heavens,
is not ever possible to be deceived,
nor it is ever possible to prepare
our disaster and our unhappiness.
should we not trust ourselves to His providence
and should we not remain completely confident
in what He decided and wants for us?
Until Eve gave birth also to her second child Abel,
Cain was alone, without any other company,
except the company of his parents.
For this reason the company of his brother Abel,
when he was born and was grown a little,
must have been much in request and very pleasant for little Cain.
With who else would Cain play,
but only with his brother?
Other child there were none yet.
Only these two children lived, the two alone, almost at the same age,
alone companions in order to spend together the years of their childhood youth.
Together these two children at lunchtime,
together during the day, together also during the night,
together in the hut where they must have been born
and near where they must have lived with their parents,
together also at the fields and in the desert countryside and the quiet and silence one.
It would therefore be natural that they were very connected.
Thus at least each one of us would consider from a first point of view
for these two brothers.
Cain must have been very fond of his young brother, Abel.
And the more time was passing
and they grew older these two brothers,
the more they must have become connected one with other.
And at least as it seems,
their loving ought and their connectivity to be so great,
so that one would not be able to be without the other;
and neither would be possible one to live without the existence of the other.
And despite all these, my reader,
the facts were completely different.
The sin, you see, so much distorts the nature of man,
that the most unnatural and the most perverse emotions and wills
are being born and grown with the highest ease
within our volition and within our heart.
The sin, which in this case also penetrated in the children of Adam
and which distorted the heart
not of the benevolent and devout Abel,
but of the cunning and malicious Cain,
very soon presented its disastrous results and its disastrous fruits
that would give to the ever growing humanity
to savor and to try.
And thus, as after a while
the story of Cain and Abel will show to us,
even before they had the chance the world of the humans to be multiplied,
even before they had the chance the descendants of Adam
to leave the house in which they were born,
the sin divides them and separates them.
And it immediately occurs the distinction and the separation in just and unjust,
in benevolents and evils, in virtuous and sinisters.
And it immediately begins the competition between wickedness and virtuousness, between justice and injustice.
And it doesn't take long before it is declared the hard, the implacable,
the even tainted with bloods persecution of the evilness against the unarmed virtue.
And if Adam with Eve represent now the whole of humanity,
their two children, Cain and Abel,
they represent the two crowds,
in which is about to be split the humanity.
One of them represents the cunning offspring of the serpent,
the massive group of these people,
who are inspired by the criminal serpent,
the cunning and homicidious devil.
The other represents the unarmed and harmless
and innocent lambs of the woman's descendant, of Jesus Christ.
Oh you, my Christian, you who honestly desire and from your heart
to become a lamb of the corral of Christ,
do not forget what your heritage is.
You will be persecuted, you will be ignored,
you will be supplanted, you will be slandered,
and it's not a paradox if as a lamb
you will be taken to be slaughtered.
You should not feel surprised, when anyone
of the above mentioned calamities is found in your path.
This is the history of virtue
since this world exists;
this is the heritage of the children of God,
since humans were born.
When the two children of Adam grew older,
each of them started to occupy himself
with his very own, distinct profession.
«And Abel became shepherd of lambs,
and Cain a tiller of the ground».
A keeper of sheep, a shepherd guiding to the pastures
his sheep was one of them, the younger Abel;
a farmer cultivating
and working the earth
was the other, the older Cain.
They were two,
from nobles, both of them, parents descending from,
and from exactly these very parents,
from whom later would descend all the kings of the world
and all of the world the nobles.
Two they were, Cain and Abel,
sole heirs of the earth in those times,
very easily being able both of them
to survive even with the wild fruits,
which without any difficulty they would be able to find.
And despite all that you see,
that their parents very soon
take care in order to teach them
a different each one profession.
They don't tell them; eat, children, from these prepared food,
which God gave to us.
They don't show to them that vast heritage, which God had given to them,
in order to tell them, rest, uselesses and lazies,
without sweating at all in that globe of the earth,
which, as long as you live, it is all yours.
But what do they tell them? In order to eat,
you must first work.
And you must sweat, in order to acquire with your own effort
your bread and your dresses.
Behold therefore, descendants of Adam,
all you who are reading these lines,
what is our duty and our obligation.
The indolence and the laziness is wickedness,
which is never justified for the man.
Even if someone is financially independent, he must never be idle.
He must be working.
And if the fruits from his work are not necessary to him,
let him work for the good of others.
Is there any other greater happiness
other than for us to toil in order to provide repose
to the sick and to the elders,
who are not able to work?
And is there any other greater disgrace
other than for the man to be transformed to a useless animal,
which no other purpose will not have,
but only to eat and to sleep
and to crawl like worm
to the vacations and to the pleasures?
Oh you parents, who toil and care
in order to multiply the heritage,
that you will leave behind to your children.
Be well aware about who you are accumulating wealth
and for whose the heritage you fatigue.
Could it be that your children, for whom you are working,
are friends of indolence and of laziness?
Alas! in vain you accumulate wealth and without any purpose you toil.
These lazies will squander someday your treasures
and will end up poor and beggars.
Don't you see at Adam?
The whole earth was a heritage of him and of his children.
Despite all that one of his first concerns
was to teach both his children of how to work.
And as a resource that is more valuable than any heritage,
as a wealth that is more useful than any other possession and money,
he considers the profession and the act of working,
to which very early his two children are getting used to.
Likewise you too, father, no matter who you are and how much wealth you possess,
do what is necessary, if you want to guarantee the life of your child,
to teach it how to work and to abhor the indolence and the laziness.
Don't be confused.
The only safe heritage, that you can leave to your children,
to be sure that they will never be unhappy, is this:
Give them first of all in their hands the Holy Bible
teaching them the piety and solidifying their hearts in the fear of the Lord.
Give them secondly a useful profession and a beneficial one,
that one preferably, in which they feel inclination by nature,
and teach them
how to work honestly and with lawfulness and to hate the indolence.
In that case, even if money you don't leave them as heritage, God will be with them,
and also be sure, that they will never go hungry.
The two brothers, Cain and Abel, also had two professions.
Other profession the first and other the second one.
According to his own character each one
and according to his aptitudes
he also received his profession.
as he was proven afterwards Cain,
he is destined for a tougher task.
For a more laborious task, in which many sweats he was called to shed.
And such was the task of cultivating the earth,
which he digged and cleaned its weeds and managed.
Calmer and more peaceful was Abel, and more tranquil he has the profession.
It is a profession, to which afterwards occupied themselves during some period of their lives
also other great men, Moses and David.
And as to them that profession
gave the oportunity for tranquil and peaceful thoughts
in the midst of the peaceful and tranquil nature,
likewise it was also for Abel.
His pastoral profession continually attracted him to the countryside
and being there alone Abel during the day
he received many times the occasion to admire the creation of God
and to glorify the omniscient
and almighty Creator of nature.
And also many times even when being awake at night with his flock
at the quiet fields of the meadows with the sky full of stars again,
he even deeper understood the grandeur of the Creator, Who everything created with wisdom.
One was cultivating the fields, the other was pasturing ship.
Two professions equally useful and necessary.
The most ancient, and also the most important and most needed professions.
Without these professions every human industry becomes useless and unnecessary.
Also these professions provide the food and the raw material
to every other industrial initiative, that the earth has seen untill today.
The bread and the milk
and the wool for our clothes and the meat,
all these all that are enough in order to live and to live well a man,
gives them to us the field of the farmer on the one hand,
and the sheepfold of the shepherd on the other hand.
Let the farmer out of the picture and very soon you will see
where will end up the high-ranking man of the city,
who sits calm in the capital city
and eats already prepared the white and fluffy steaming hot bread.
Let the shepherd out of the picture and the animal breeder
and we 'll see that happens to the majestic hotel lobbies
and to the crystals at the showcases of the dressing shops.
Let the grain out of the picture, the meat and the wool,
and then, oh world, we 'll see, what will happen to you.
Truly, my God, everything with wisdom You have created.
Without the artist and the musician and the composer,
of whose the profession is considered noble and celestial, the world can go on living.
Without the inconspicuous and despised farmer and shepherd,
no, the world cannot live.
You combined, oh God, the useful with the humble,
the necessary with the inexpensive,
in order for no one to be arrogant, in order for all of us to be humble, in order for no one to boast.
Two different professions they have the two children of Adam.
And thus they shall be able each to be useful also to the other.
Useful is Cain to Abel,
because he will give to him from the products of his fields.
Useful is also Abel to Cain,
because he will give him milk and cheese and butter
and meat and wool for him to eat and dress himself.
And thus since the beginning already,
when it was first established the human society,
since when they were one only couple
and two children of this couple,
and even back then it occurs also the separation of the professions.
Society means exactly that; for many people to live together,
that they have many and various professions
and to give one to the other,
and to receive one from the other,
by exchanging his fatigue with the fatigue of the other,
his labor with the labor of the other,
the product of his own effort with the product of the other.
The same task and the same profession it is impossible for everyone to have.
It is impossible, because they are not all made for the same work
and do not all have the same inclination for the same profession.
But it wouldn't either be right, nor useful
for everyone to have the same profession.
Alas then, the society would be destroyed
and would not be able to prosper.
Exactly like with your body also, my reader.
Can it be that all your members have the same function?
Alas in that case; your body will then be impossible to live.
Likewise also with the society. It is a body, it is an organism.
It is a body with members, each one of which has its task,
which is useful and necessary for the conservation and progress of the whole organism.
The various professions cannot,
and should not ever miss from the society.
They are a social necessity,
and this difference of the professions is the foundation,
in which the society is based.
That thing that must be extinct one day and propably will be extinct,
are the so called titles of nobility.
If you think that you have a more noble profession than me,
who I am laboring from morning until afternoon
to the laboratory of the shoe maker
or of the blacksmith or of any other craftsman,
it doesn't mean by that, that you can and you have the right to despise me.
I am also member of the same body, in which you also belong.
And if you want this body, that is called society, to go on forth and to progress,
you must not forget, that its members
must live together in peace and in harmony,
and that each one must respect and honor the other.
We would really love to have the luxury of ignoring the financial necessities of life and work intensely and exclusively for the production of the subtitled Greek audiobooks of our «Patrologos» project, and manage within a few years to develop the thousands of hours of audiovisual literature as educational material for Greek language learning, in accordance to our dream, and make it all available for free for the present and the future generations of humanity, and that in the future world to come, the Greek language and that Greek culture would -once again- be granted the place they deserve.
Unfortunately, reality isn't always that easy, so that with the push of a button our wishes to come true. The truth is that the production of subtitled audiobooks is a very costly process in terms of time required, if of course we want the final result to be qualitatively satisfactory. For the production of a single hour of bilingual audiovisual content, two or three weeks of work may be required, in order to scan, type, record, edit text and sound, translate, etc.
Volunteering could be a solution to the cost problem but -unfortunately- in the age of speed in which we live, volunteers are unwilling and unable to spend the time that the quality criteria of the «Patrologos» project require so that the final result is a really useful didactic material for learning the Greek language.
As a consequence of all the above, we are forced to request the economic support of the students who will use our material. We consider that an annual subscription of 17 euros is a symbolic price which may be enough to cover the costs of our next productions provided that the number of subscribers worldwide is high enough.
Therefore, all who decide to contribute financially to our effort, please go to our payments and donations page at paypal, that we use, and deposit the 17 euros there. Afterwards, let us know by email at email@example.com, and we will immediately register you in our list of members with full access for one year to the material on our website.
Thank you for helping us develop more subtitled Greek audiobooks and we wish that God gives you the will and the strength and the time to study them all!