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!) 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. 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. 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! 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 for a larger version you can print along with a word list, clues, and the solution, too.

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