If I want to say "I do a reading," how would I render that in Latin?

"Ago legendum" or "Legere legendum" Can I do it using a participle?

"Ago lectionem" Can I use the word for a reading like this? If so, what verb do I use to accompany it -- ago?

  • As for ecclesiastical Latin, it's perfectly ok to use lectio for a reading. I don't think there's a difference for classical Latin. Thus, lectionem ago/-ere should be ok, but... Why not just lego/-ere? Though I see there's a difference in nuisance, it's been argued that specific verbs are more correct than auxiliary verb+noun
    – Rafael
    Feb 4 at 1:25
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    What exactly do you mean by this phrase/in what context do you want to use it? For example, if you mean reading something aloud before an audience, as authors may 'do a reading' from their newest work at a bookstore or some other event, the verb recito will suffice.
    – cnread
    Feb 4 at 5:11
  • @Nickimite: It seems that you need to convert verb "to read" to a noun--"the reading". The gerund! What about "paratus ad legendum" = "prepared for the reading"/ "prepared for the purpose of reading"?
    – tony
    Feb 4 at 11:11
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    I'm on board with @Rafael. No need to "do a reading" when you can "read." I tell my students "lege + historiam/scaenam/fabulam" instead of circumlocuting. Feb 5 at 15:00

Seeing that an oratio is quite regularly habita when a “speech is held” in English, I would suggest:

Recitationem (vel lectionem, acroasin, …) habere

Google turns up quite a few—but mostly Neo-Latin—hits.

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