Monday, August 13, 2007

Round-Up: August 13

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 Di lanatos pedes habent. In English: The gods have woolen feet. Listen to the audio, and read some variants on this saying that make it clear just what the gods are up to, creeping around in their woolen socks. 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 the optimistic saying, 1708. Vincit veritas, "Truth triumphs." 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 131, a group of proverbs featuring third conjugation verbs and third 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 Asino et Scurra: The Donkey and The Buffoon. This is the kind of fable that makes you think public politics has not changed a lot in the past 500 years! Ha! It makes you wonder if Britney Spears won't run for office... This Latin crossword puzzle goes with the story of the donkey and the buffoon (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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