Friday, July 6, 2007

Round-Up: July 6

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 Quo altior mons, tanto profundior vallis. In English: The higher the mountain, the lower the valley. Listen to the audio, and learn something about the "highs and lows" of Latin proverbs. 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 one of my favorite proverbs, Dies diem docet, "one day teaches another" (in other words: live and learn!). 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 115, a group of proverbs featuring second conjugation verbs with fourth and fifth 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 Testudine et Ranis: The Tortoise and The Frogs. This is an original fable based on a familiar Aesopic theme: all of us animals should be happy with the endowments we have, instead of envying other creatures. This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the tortoise and the frogs (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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