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).

AudioLatinProverbs.com: 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."

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 Noctes atque dies patet atri ianua Ditis., a famous line from Vergil's Aeneid.

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 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!

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



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