Monday, July 9, 2007

Round-Up: July 9

Some of you may have noticed that I did not post over the weekend. That will be the case until I finish my new Latin Bible Sayings book - I realized with a shock of absolute horror that I have to start work again in less than a month, which means I am going to be hard-pressed to get this book done over the summer as I had hoped. (My school starts August 20, which means my classes need to be ready August 13, which means I have to get to work on them by August 6...)

So, I did not post on Saturday or Sunday, but I did post today, Monday, and 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 etymology of "ptomaine." 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 Noctes atque dies patet atri ianua Ditis., a famous line from Vergil's Aeneid. 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 Gliribus quercum eruere volentibus: The Dormice Who Wanted to Fell an Oak Tree. This is a great little variation on the familiar story of the wise animal who stops the foolish animals from causing a disaster - in this case, the wise dormouse who knows better than to cut down the oak tree! This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the dormice and the oak tree (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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