Sunday, July 1, 2007

Round-Up: July 1

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 Ut pictura poesis. In English: Poetry is like a painting. Listen to the audio, and learn about Horace's use of this phrase in his Ars Poetica. 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 wonderful saying based on mythological roles, Sine Cerere et Baccho friget Venus, which you have to decode knowing just what Ceres, Bacchus and Venus were in charge of! I'm continuing to work on the online guide to the Latin Via Proverbs book, with grammar notes and English translations, working through the book group by group. Today I've posted notes for Group 111, another group of proverbs with second declension verbs and third declension nouns. 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 Heremita virgine aegrotante: The Virgin-Hermit Who Fell Ill. This is exactly the kind of story that did not endear Abstemius to the church authorities! This story reminds me of how the story of Hippolytus could have turned out if he had not been such a committed virgo himself! This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the virgin-hermit who got sick (see above). 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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