Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Round-Up: July 4

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 Natura abhorret a vacuo. In English: Natures abhors a vacuum. Listen to the audio, and learn about how Torricelli created a vacuum and invented the barometer at the same time (despite the misgivings of the Catholic Church). 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 Parietes habent aures., which is Latin for "the walls have ears." 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 Canibus urbanis villaticum insequentibus: City Dogs Chasing a Country Dog. This fable uses a forced by effective way to add the moral to the story: an army general just happens to be present on the scene and explains the meaning of the story to his soldiers! This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the city dogs chasing the country dog (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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