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).

AudioLatinProverbs.com: 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).

AudioLatin.com: 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."

LatinViaFables.com: 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!

LatinCrossword.com: 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 LatinCrossword.com for a larger version you can print along with a word list, clues, and the solution, too.



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