I myself enjoy reading -besides Classical (specially, I love Epic, Bucolic, &c.), and some Medieval stuff- those works produced by European humanists of the XVI-XVII centuries, concretely those works related to Neostoicism. I don't like sometimes the bad use of Latin made onwards from these centuries. Well, I'll give you some names, links, &c., and let me know your objections, or other things which youÂ´d wish to deal about.
(And, well, if you say "renaissance texts" I can also answer you by means of Iohannes Boccaccio, Petrarca and Dante. I must confess that I feel, specially Francesco Petrarca, more in favor to the Italian language (fiorentino) in his Latin writings than in favor of a mere and pure Latin.)
, IÂ´d recommend)
http://www.bibliotecaitaliana.it/xtf/vi ... 000299.xml
(Please, read De Remediis utriusque fortunae
, itÂ´s very good but I havenÂ´t finished it yet)
- Iustus Lipsius:
http://fondosdigitales.us.es/books/sear ... age=435370
(De cruce libri tres
Specially, try to find in Latin an able-to-download version his work on Constancy.
http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/cultura/ ... ion=pagina
- I. C. Scaliger:
and take a look at his editions of Classics in http://gallica.bnf.fr/
by writing his name.
- Valla: http://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k52130p
(Laurentii Vallae Elegantiarum latinae lingua)
- Melanchthon: http://books.google.com/books?id=tyoMAA ... =&as_brr=1
(Take a look at the index of his Works and youÂ´ll find a lot of interesting things to you.)
- Erasmus: http://www2.fh-augsburg.de/~harsch/Chro ... _enco.html
(Brilliant and amusing.)
Besides, you can read some compositions by Giacomo Leopardi, which are always entertaining: http://www.bibliotecaitaliana.it/xtf/vi ... nd=default
(*) These are only some reading suggestions.
As for Colloquia
, I like them as a pÃ¦da
gogical tool. I'm not very old (I'm seventeen years old) but if I had children, I would use these Colloquia (and other ones, and Orberg's Lingua Latina
, of course) in order to make them fluent in Latin, &c.
(We had sometime ago a discussion related to spoken Latin, its pros and cons (as I think), and other questions. http://www.textkit.com/greek-latin-foru ... 7&start=20