Friday, July 20, 2007

Round-Up: July 20

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). Have a nice weekend! Today's proverb is Parietes amicitiae custodes. In English: Walls are the guardians of friendship. Listen to the audio, and read Robert Frost's poem about how "good fences make good neighbors." 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 Dirigo, the motto of the state of Maine. 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 122, a group of proverbs featuring third conjugation verbs with only first declension nouns and adjectives. 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 Scurra et Episcopo: The Joker and The Bishop. This is another one of those anti-clerical fables that has earned Abstemius some detractors, but I think it's a great little story that shows how the emptiness of some gestures can be uncovered by a bit of thoughtful probing. This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the joker and the bishop (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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