Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Round-Up: August 1

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).

In addition, I've started a Latin Riddles Discussion area at the eClassics group website - where you can find, among other amusements, the complete collection of Latin Punning Riddles from the Classical Journal, circa 1923-1924. Do you have any Latin riddles or word games you would like to share! Please visit the eClassics website and join in! (Thanks as always to Andrew Reinhard at Bolchazy-Carducci for having created and sponsored this nifty website!)

AudioLatinProverbs.com: Today's proverb is Manus digiti coaequales non sunt, omnes tamen usui. In English: The fingers of the hand are not equal, but all are useful. Listen to the audio, and ponder the metaphorical implications of this very admirable Latin saying.

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 a great mythological saying: Ab ovo Ledae incipit.

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 Viro et Uxore Bigamis: The and The Woman who Remarried. I think this is a hilarious story of the "cutting off your nose to spite your face" variety. Very amusing!

LatinCrossword.com: This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the man and the woman twice-married (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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