Friday, June 29, 2007

Round-Up: June 29

Here is a round-up of today's Bestiaria Latina blog posts (you can browse through previous round-ups at the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives). Today's proverb is Lucrum cum iactura famae damnum est, non lucrum. In English: Profit, with the loss of reputation, is loss, not profit. Listen to the audio, and take a look at the Latin textbook from 1623 where I found this particular saying. Here is the audio for 10 more Latin proverbs - just the audio, but there is a link to a page where you can get English translations and commentary on the proverbs, too. Today's group includes this great little animal saying: Habet et musca splenem, "Even the fly has a spleen," i.e. she can get angry! I'm continuing to work my way through the 15th-century Latin fables of Abstemius! With each fable I'm posting the Latin text, a segmented Latin text, along with an English translation by me, plus the rollicking 17th-century translation by Sir Roger L'Estrange. Today's fable is De Turdo amicitiam cum hirundine ineunte: The Thrush Making Friends with the Swallow. This is the kind of fable that presents an opinion that some people might agree with and some people might disagree with strongly: is it better to have friends who are like you... or friends who are different from you, as the thrush is different from the swallow? Another Roman Emperors puzzle! So if you did not find your favorite emperor in yesterday's puzzle, hopefully you will find him in today's puzzle. Below is a smaller image of the crossword; visit for a larger version you can print along with a word list, clues, and the solution, too.

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